By Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
September 16, 2020
Created on September 9, 2020
Pictured above, The National Mosque looms over the Federal Capital Territory, which is near to the scenes of this event. CC BY-SA 4.0
Gunmen kidnapped many residents of Tungan Maje village, a bordering community between the Federal Capital Territory and Niger State on Thursday.
The criminals reportedly stormed the village where they kidnapped about 20 people after shooting sporadically in the air.
Local vigilantes in the community were said to have put up a spirited resistance against them, but the kidnappers escaped into Niger State with their victims through a nearby forest surrounded by a rocky area.
The FCT police public relations officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, however, said 10 people were kidnapped, adding that five of the victims had been rescued.
He stated that a joint team of police operatives from the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Rapid Response Squad and the Zuba Police Division responded immediately the attack was reported.
Manzah released a statement entitled, ‘Police operatives rescue five kidnap victims.’
“The command wishes to inform the public that when it received a distress call on the kidnap of some persons on September 10, 2020, at about 0130hrs in Tungan Maje, a village bordering FCT and Niger state, a joint team of police operatives from the command Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Rapid Response Squad and Zuba Police Division responded swiftly,” said Manzah.
“During a fierce gun confrontation with the heavily armed hoodlums, the police team successfully rescued five of the kidnapped victims.”
The police assured residents that efforts were on top gear to rescue the remaining abducted victims.