Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has confirmed the abduction of three persons in Pei-leilei road along Kwali axis by unknown gunmen on Wednesday.
However, the police said they rescued 19 persons from the kidnappers as they responded immediately to the situation that was brought to their attention through a distress call.
The police said the 19 were rescued after a gun battle.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, Mariam Yusuf, in a statement issued yesterday said concerted efforts were being made to rescue the three victims who were taken into the bordering forest by the kidnappers.
Yusuf said the rescue operation was conducted by a joint team of police operatives from the command who responded promptly to the occasion and engaged the heavily armed hoodlums in a fierce gun duel.
The statement reads, “In a swift response to a distress call, the FCT Police Command rescued nineteen (19) persons from being kidnapped on Pei-leilei road along Kwali axis on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
“The successful rescue operation was conducted by a joint team of police operatives from the command who responded promptly to the occasion and engaged the heavily armed hoodlums in a fierce gun duel.
“However, a concerted effort is being made to rescue the remaining three victims in the custody of the hoodlums who escaped into the bordering forest.
“The command reassures members of the public of its unflinching commitment to deploy proactive crime-fighting measures to ensure the security of lives and property in FCT ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebration.”