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  • Updated: April 09, 2024

Officer fatally shot as police thwart abduction of FCT council chair’s family

Officer fatally shot as police thwart abduction of FCT counc

Bandits operating in the FCT have killed a police officer whose name is yet unknown. 

The officer was slain after police stopped the kidnapping of family members of the current chairman of the Bwari local council, John Gabaya.

On Sunday, bandits broke into Gabwa's home in the regional council's Tokulo neighbourhood. Before then, in 2021, two family members including the father of the council leader, John Makama, were kidnapped by bandits.

After the bandits received an unknown ransom payment, they were set free. 

According to The Daily Trust, the council chairman's assistant noted that the armed group made a surprise return to the neighbourhood on Sunday at about 11:33 p.m.

He said that the robbers who stormed the Tokulo hamlet through Kaduna bush used AK-47 rifles and battled the vigilantes defending the chairman’s private residence in a fierce gun battle.

He added that during the gunshot exchange, the police force from the Bwari division was alerted and swiftly invaded the neighbourhood.

According to him, one of the police officers was killed in the crossfire, but the policemen successfully repulsed the onslaught.

He disclosed that the bandits attacked the council chairman's family for the third time between February 2021 and April 6, 2024.

“And if you can recall, the bandits attacked the chairman’s community on February 2 2021, after which they returned, on February, this year and launched another attack but were resisted through efforts of the security operatives, while on Sunday, April, this year, the bandits struck again and were repelled again,” he said.

SP Adeh Josephine, spokeswoman for the FCT Police Command, confirmed the recent attack on the Tokulo village.

She said that several unknown hoodlums equipped with various offensive weapons raided Tokulo hamlet in the early hours of Sunday to abduct the family of the Bwari Area Council chairman.

“But unfortunately, the police team came on time to engage the kidnappers in a bloody gun duel and foiled the abduction, in which one of the policemen was killed during the exchange of gunshots.”

According to her, one of the kidnappers was also shot dead during the gunfire with the police, and the council chairman's family were later transported onto a police van from the village to an unknown place.

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