FCT Police Rescue Five Kidnap Victims from Abuja Gangs
In a swift and coordinated operation, the Federal Capital Territory Police Command successfully rescued five abducted individuals from the clutches of two separate gangs of kidnappers operating in Abuja. This daring rescue mission, executed by a combined team comprising the FCT Special Intervention Squad and the FCT Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit, marks a significant victory in the ongoing battle against crime in the nation’s capital.
SP Josephine Adeh, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed this pivotal development during a press conference held at the Command Headquarters, where she provided crucial details of the rescue operation.
Rescue Operation Unveiled
On the fateful night of January 27, at approximately 11:30 pm, authorities at the Iddo Division received a distress call reporting gunshots in the vicinity of Sabon Lugbe. Responding promptly, a police patrol team was dispatched to the scene, where they discovered Blessing Eze, a female, bearing a gunshot wound on her shoulder inside a Toyota Corolla car with registration number RSH 724 KC. Blessing recounted the harrowing ordeal she and her husband, Joshua Eze, had endured, as they were ambushed by unidentified assailants while returning home. Tragically, Joshua was abducted by the assailants and taken to an undisclosed location.
First Rescue Success
In a display of exemplary professionalism and determination, the IGP-Special Intervention Squad, alongside the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit and other tactical divisions, launched a relentless pursuit of the perpetrators. Their efforts culminated in the successful rescue of Joshua Eze from the depths of Kuje Forest on January 28, at approximately 06:20 pm, unscathed and reunited with his family.
A Second Brush with Danger
In a parallel incident unfolding on January 28, at around 05:30 am, Peter Ede and ThankGod Ogunyi, both residents of Piwoyi, Lugbe, approached the Karmo Division with a chilling tale of abduction. According to their account, while engaged in prayers atop the Idu Gbagyi mountain in Karmo around 01:50 am, they fell victim to a ruthless gang of seven armed criminals who seized three members of their group and vanished into the night.
Upon receiving the distressing report, police operatives under the leadership of CSP Abaya Haruna, the Divisional Police Officer at Karmo Division, sprang into action without hesitation. They combed the rugged terrain stretching from Karmo to Gwagwa, scouring the dense foliage and treacherous hillsides in pursuit of the perpetrators. In a dramatic showdown, law enforcement officers engaged the criminals in a fierce exchange of gunfire.
Through sheer grit and unwavering determination, the combined efforts of the police forces led to the safe recovery of the abducted individuals: Igbodi Emeka, Precious Uche, and Eric Chukwudi. Miraculously, all three victims emerged from their ordeal unharmed, their spirits buoyed by the knowledge that they had been delivered from the clutches of darkness.
The successful rescue of five kidnap victims from the grips of criminal syndicates operating in Abuja stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command to safeguarding the lives and property of residents. As the authorities continue to intensify efforts to combat crime and uphold the rule of law, this triumph serves as a beacon of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.