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Police Foil Kidnapping Attempt, Rescue Two Victims in FCT

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The anti-kidnapping unit of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command successfully rescued two female victims, Mart Ojadi, 15, and Evelyn Chinaza, 12, who were abducted by gunmen in Guto village, Bwari, on June 30, 2024.

This development was announced by the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, in a statement released on Sunday.

According to Adeh, the police, working in collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS), tracked the kidnappers to Gauraka Forest in Niger State. The operation culminated in a fierce gunfight, which compelled the kidnappers to flee with injuries. Fortunately, the victims were rescued unharmed and have been reunited with their families.

The statement detailed the swift response to the kidnapping incident, which occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on June 30, 2024. SP Josephine Adeh elaborated, “In response to the sudden attack by unknown gunmen in Guto village, Bwari, earlier today, June 30, 2024, at about 1:30 p.m., where two female victims, Mart Ojadi, 15 years old, and Evelyn Chinaza, 12 years old, were kidnapped and forcefully taken to an unknown location, the operatives of the FCT police command from the anti-kidnapping unit swiftly mobilized to the scene.”

Displaying remarkable bravery, the police, in synergy with DSS officials, tracked and ambushed the assailants at Gauraka Forest, Niger State, which borders the FCT. This tactical operation led to an intense gun battle, overwhelming the kidnappers and forcing them to flee through the nearby bushes with varying degrees of bullet injuries. Consequently, the two kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt.

The Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh, expressed his satisfaction with the successful rescue operation and reiterated the command’s commitment to maintaining peace and security in the nation’s capital. “While the victims have since been reunited with their families, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh, reaffirms the command’s unflinching commitment to maintaining peace and security in the nation’s capital,” the statement read.

CP Igweh also urged residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activities to the police emergency lines. This call to action aims to foster a collaborative effort between the police and the community in combating crime and ensuring the safety of all residents.

The successful rescue operation underscores the dedication and efficiency of the FCT Police Command and its collaboration with other security agencies in tackling crime and ensuring the safety of residents in the region.

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