The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has launched operation for the rescue of nine people, including a nine-year-old, kidnapped Monday night in the Pegi a settlement in Kuje Area of the FCT.
This is as chairman of Pegi Community Development Association (PECDA) Taiwo Aderibigb confirmed the incident as well as that one person was in critical condition in a hospital.
The gunmen, who were said to have been dressed in military camouflage during the attack witnessed by the local vigilante, reportedly took the victims into the bush.
The kidnappers were said to have attacked a pickup truck, deflating the tyres with bullets and creating deep holes on the vehicles.
In a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Tuesday in Abuja, said the command “wishes to inform the public that it is making concerted effort to rescue the persons kidnapped around Pegi Community on Monday, October 7, 2019, at about 2100hrs.
“Though detail of the incident is still sketchy, the Command is urging members of the public to be calm while the Police intensify effort to rescue and reunite victims with members of their families.
“Meanwhile, we call on the public to be security conscious and provide information to the Police and other relevant security agencies on suspicious movements and activities within their communities.”
The spokesperson said, “The Command reassures members of the public of its commitment to protect lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory.”
This is the second time kidnapping incident would happen in the community as four people were kidnapped along the same makeshift path to the community that housed naval quarters in 2018. A naval officer and one civilian were seriously injured at the scene which is less than 300 metres to the community on the December 6, 2018 incident.