Police Engage Kidnappers in FCT, Resulting in Two Fatalities

Reports indicate that a group of bandits attacked Gabaya’s residence in the Tokulo community of the area council on Sunday.

Prior to this incident, the same bandits had kidnapped the council chairman’s father, John Makama, along with two other family members in 2021. Following the payment of an undisclosed ransom, they were eventually released.

An aide to the council chairman informed reporters that the armed gang returned to the community around 11:33 pm on Sunday.

Armed with AK-47 rifles, the bandits infiltrated the Tokulo community through the Kaduna forest and engaged in a fierce gun battle with the vigilantes guarding the chairman’s private residence.

Upon receiving an alert, the Bwari division police team swiftly responded to the scene.

Tragically, one police officer lost his life during the exchange of gunfire, but the remaining officers managed to repel the attack.

“It’s worth noting that the bandits previously attacked the chairman’s community on February 2, 2021, and again in February of this year, but their attempts were thwarted through the efforts of security operatives. However, they struck again on Sunday, April this year, but were repelled once more,” the council chairman’s aide informed Daily Trust.

The latest assault on the Tokulo community was confirmed by the spokesperson for the FCT police command, SP Adeh Josephine.

She stated that a group of unidentified criminals, armed with various weapons, forcefully entered Tokulo village during the early hours of Sunday with the intention of abducting the family of the Bwari area council chairman.

“Fortunately, the police team arrived on time to engage the kidnappers in a fierce gun battle and thwarted the abduction. However, one of the policemen lost his life during the exchange of gunfire,” she said.

Josephine added that one of the kidnappers was shot dead during the crossfire with the police. The council chairman’s family was subsequently evacuated from the community to an undisclosed location in a police vehicle.


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