By Kingsley Nwezeh
The FCT Police Command said it had rescued five of the people abducted in Abuja after a fierce gun duel.
The victims were among many people kidnapped in Tunga Maje, a village near Zuba, an outskirts of Abuja on Thursday.
The kidnappers were said to have stormed the village shooting sporadically in the wee hours of Thursday and kidnapped over 10 persons after a shootout.
Eye witness account said the local vigilantes were overwhelmed by the kidnappers.
The command, in a statement, said 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.
The statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said a joint team of Police operatives from the command’s 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 of its commitment to deploy proactive crime-fighting measures to ensure the security of lives and property in FCT”, it said.