FCT police rescue kidnapped victims, dislodge bandits
Officers of the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Capital Territory Command, in collaboration with Destiny Hunters, on Tuesday, rescued four victims from the den of kidnappers and dislodged the bandits from their hideout in Dadu Hills, Kuje area of Abuja.
The police confirmed this in a statement made available to The PUNCH.
The statement read in part, “Following the receipt of actionable intelligence about the movement of suspected bandits holding some persons hostage, the FCT police command in a concerted effort with the Destiny Hunters, stormed Dadu hills via Chukwuku in Kuje Area Council of the territory, dislodged the bandits from their hideouts while destroying the hideout, and successfully rescued four victims”.
According to the command’s Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, the operation commenced at about 6:00 am on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
“The operation commenced at about 06:00 hours on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, and we recorded the rescue of one Mustahudeen Vaa, and Adamu Isa all males who were reportedly kidnapped between the 23rd and 25th of May 2022 at kiyi and one Abdulsalam Uzugiz who was kidnapped at Angwan Gade extension of Kuje Area Council of the Territory.
“Unfortunately, the criminal elements upon sighting the gallant advancement of the team engaged them in a gun duel where a member of the Destiny Hunters paid the ultimate price.
“However, the miscreants retreated with various degrees of gunshot injuries owing to the superior firepower of the team.
The police also stated that the victims had been reunited with their families after getting medical attention.
“Victims were taken to the hospital for medical examination and subsequently reunited with their families.”
The FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, while extending condolences to the family of the deceased reassured residents of the command’s commitment to ridding the territory of crime and criminality.
He said, “Members of the public are, therefore, urged to remain vigilant, and strengthen their partnership with the police as touching the rendition of prompt and actionable intelligence reporting any suspicious or abnormal occurrence through our emergency lines.”
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Armed men have abducted a seven-year-old girl in Yangoji village, Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mr Suleiman Musa, a resident of the village told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the hoodlums invaded the community in the early hours of Wednesday.
He said the hoodlums invaded the village firing several gunshots before breaking into some houses where they adducted the seven-year-old girl.
According to him, the quick intervention of a police team forced the gunmen to scramble out of the village.
NAN gathered that the Kwali Divisional Police Headquarters responded to the distress call on the attack at about 5 am on Wednesday.
A source said it was the swift response of police personnel, hunters and vigilance members led by the Kwali Divisional Police Officer (DPO) that saved the community from further harm from the gunmen.
He said that the hoodlums engaged the security team in gun battle before escaping with the abducted girl.
The source said that the security team is currently combing the area with a view to rescuing the girl and arresting the gunmen.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, SP Josephine Adeh, said she would get back to our reporter as soon as she gets details of the incident.
BREAKING: Oyo Police Declares Auxillary Wanted
The Oyo State Police Command has declared the sacked Chairman of Park Management System (PMS), Mukaila Lamidi aka Auxiliary, wanted, the authorities revealed during a briefing on Friday.
The move follows another raid of his hotel where more dangerous weapons were recovered yesterday.
According to Channels Tv report, policemen had stormed Auxiliary’s Ibadan residence recovering weapons and ammunition.
During the operation, the suspect reportedly escaped, while some of his lieutenants were however arrested by the police.
Mexico Police find 45 bags containing human body parts
At least 45 bags containing human remains were found in a ravine in the western Mexican state of Jalisco during a search for seven young people reported missing last week, local authorities said on Thursday.
“Forty-five bags with human remains have been extracted that belong to both male and female people,” the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The gruesome discovery was made on Tuesday at the bottom of a 40-meter (120-foot) ravine in the municipality of Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara, a large industrial hub.
The authorities had launched a search for two women and five men, all aged around 30 years, who had been reported missing since May 20.
The missing persons’ reports for each one had been made separately on different days, but investigators found that they all worked at the same call center.
The call center was in the same area as where the human remains were discovered.
Forensic experts have yet to determine the number of victims and their identities.
Initial inquiries suggested the call center could have been involved in illegal activities, and local media reported that the authorities had found marijuana, a cloth and a cleaning rag with apparent blood stains as well as documents on possible commercial activities.
But relatives of the missing persons have accused the authorities of seeking to criminalise the victims.
In recent years, in different areas of Jalisco, human remains have been found in bags or in unmarked makeshift graves.
In 2021, in the municipality of Tonala, in Jalisco, some 70 bags with the human remains of 11 people were found.
In 2019 also, the bodies of 29 people were found in 119 bags in an unpopulated area of Zapopan.
Another case that sparked numerous protests in Jalisco was the disappearance, in March 2018, of three film students, whose remains were dissolved in acid.
Similarly, in 2018, media reported that three Italians disappeared, allegedly handed over by police to the Jalisco New Generation cartel, to whom they had allegedly sold faulty machinery.
The Italians have not been found despite massive searches by state and federal law enforcement.
According to local media, in the first two months of this year alone, the remains of 33 people were found in five makeshift graves in the Guadalajara area.
The Jalisco New Generation cartel operates in the state and is one of the most powerful organised crime groups in Mexico, and is embroiled in disputes with other drug syndicates.
Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 murders and some 100,000 disappearances, the majority attributed to criminal organisations, since the launch of a controversial military anti-drug offensive in December 2006.
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