Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Minister for FCT, has announced that all the 10 persons kidnapped in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory have been successfully rescued alive by FCT security agencies.
Bello said this was sequel to the joint operation carried out by the FCT security agencies in which they successfully routed out the notorious gang of hoodlums who specialize in robbing and kidnapping residents in that area.
The Minister made this disclosure at a press conference attended by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye; FCT Police Commissioner; FCT Director of the Department of State Services; Commandant of of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; representative of the Nigerian Army; as well as the Chairman of the Kuje Area Council.
Bello revealed that the victims rescued have been handed over to the Gomo of Kuje for immediate rehabilitation.
They are Fanus Emmanuel (M), Babangida Emmanuel (M), Akimmi Dauda (F), Japhet Kwasu (M), Dorcas Shuaibu (F), Kemu Cheik (F), Hamza Yunusa (M), Umar Godiri (M), Ismaila Yusuf (M) and Abubakar Gomo (M).
Bello said that the joint operation comprised of the Police Mobile Force, Operatives of the Command Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Department of State Security, Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The Minister however lamented that an officer of the NSCDC, ASC1 Anumudu Uchewho, took ill during the operation and died, but reiterated that his death would not be in vain as he lost his life in the line of duty to save the lives of 10 other residents of the Territory.
The Minister said that all the structures of the notorious hoodlums are being dismantled and that the FCT security agencies have set up a surveillance mechanism in order not to allow such miscreants operate within the entire 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory.
Also speaking, the FCT Police Commissioner, Mohammed Mustapha, assured all those resident in the affected villages that the Police Command has commenced a massive deployment to forestall any future occurrence.
Mustapha assured them that security agents are presently making concerted efforts to arrest the dislodged hoodlums; noting that no stone would be left unturned to get them to face the consequences of their criminal actions.
It would be recalled that Darka Village in Kuje Area Council was attacked in the early hours of November 13, 2016, leaving a 28-year-old man, Zakariyya Nuhu, dead, with one injured and six kidnapped.
In addition, a neigbouring village of Huni-Gade was also attacked on November 17, 2016, where four persons were also kidnapped.