Police foil kidnap attempt, rescue victims in Abuja

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The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said its operatives on Sunday foiled kidnap attempt and recued victims in Dawaki area of Abuja.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, SP Josephine Adeh, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Adeh said that the kidnap attempt was foiled following an immediate and strategic response to a distress call on the attack by unknown gunmen in Dawaki on May 19.

She said the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the FCT, Mr Benneth Igweh, led the operatives that swiftly mobilised to the scene to foil the kidnap attempt.

”Displaying remarkable bravery and coordination, the police, in synergy with local hunters, advanced on the assailants, tactically ambushed them at Ushafa Hill via Bwari and Shishipe Hills via Mpape.

”This led to a fierce gun duel where the hoodlums were overwhelmed by the firepower of the operatives, and this forced them to scamper to safety with various degrees of bullets injuries and the victims were rescued,” she said.

She added that one of the rescued victims was currently in the hospital receiving medical attention.

The FCT Police command spokesperson, said that the CP had reaffirmed the command’s steadfast dedication to maintaining peace and security in the FCT.

She also said that search operations were ongoing to rescue other hostages who fled the scene during the shootout.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Dawaki Rock Heaven Community, Alhaji Tunde Abdulrahim, said the incident happened at about 7: 30p.m. on Sunday.

Abdulrahim said that the heavily armed bandits numbering about 50, consisting of men and women invaded the community and broke into about six houses.

He also said that about 20 people were abducted by the kidnappers.