- The police confirmed that 10 people were abducted by kidnappers in Abuja
- Contrary to what the police said, a resident disclosed that about 20 people were kidnapped
- The police, however, said five of the victims have been rescued
In what will come as a rude shock to many Nigerians, about 10 people were kidnapped by criminals in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The abduction which has been confirmed by the Nigeria Police Force occurred in Tungan Maje, a suburb of Abuja early morning on Thursday, September 10, Premium Times reports.
According to residents, the attack lasted hours in the community that lies near Zuba and Niger state.
The news outlet also reported that residents said at least 20 people were kidnapped after prolonged shooting in the town.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the police spokesperson for the FCT, Anjuguri Manzah, a deputy superintendent, said police had “rescued” five out of 10 abducted residents.
Manzah said: “The FCT police command wishes to assure the public that protection of lives and property remains the core of its policing mandate and it will continue to inject fresh strategies that will place the security of the Federal Capital Territory at its optimum,” the statement said.
“The command wishes to inform the public that when it received a distress call on Kidnap of some persons on 10th September, 2020 at about 0130hrs in Tungan Maje, a village bordering FCT and Niger state, a joint team of Police operatives from the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Rapid Response Squad and Zuba Police Division responded swiftly to the occasion.
“During a fierce gun confrontation with the heavily armed hoodlums, the Police team successfully rescued five of the kidnapped victims.
“Meanwhile, a concerted effort has been deployed to rescue the remaining five victims that are still with the hoodlums who escaped into Niger state through a nearby forest that is surrounded by rocky terrain.
“The command reassures members of the Public with its commitment to deploy proactive crime-fighting measures to ensure the security of lives and property in FCT.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that security men in Abuja have descended on protesters for protesting against an increase in the petrol pump price and electricity tariffs.
Also, journalists were also arrested in the clampdown. The journalists were legitimately carrying out their assigned duties by covering the protest when the instrument of government was deployed against them.
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