All 10 persons kidnapped in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory FCT), have been rescued alive by security agencies and are currently under rehabilitation, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has announced.
The Minister made this disclosure in a press conference held in Abuja on Monday, adding that the job was successfully carried out by a joint operation of the FCT Security Agencies.
The security operatives, according to him, comprised of the Police Mobile Force, Operatives of the Command Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The conference was attended by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, FCT Police Commissioner, FCT Director of DSS, Commandant of NSCDC, representative of the Nigerian Army as well as the Chairman of the Kuje Area Council.
It would be recalled that Darka Village in Kuje Area Council was attacked in the early hours of Sunday, 13th November, 2016 leaving a 28-year old man, Zakariyya Nuhu dead, and injuring one other with six people kidnapped. In addition, a neigbouring village of Huni-Gade was also attacked on Thursday, 17th November, 2016 where four persons were also kidnapped, totaling to 10 kidnapped persons.
The kidnapped persons include: 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).
The minister however mourned an officer of the NSCDC ASC1 Anumudu Uchewho, who lost his life during the operation due to illness, stating that his services will never be forgotten as he “died in the line of duty”.
Bello further disclosed 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 added that the Police Command has commenced a massive deployment to prevent any future occurrence, noting that the security agents are currently making concerted efforts to ensure the hoodlums face the consequences of their actions.