JOINT security operatives in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, comprising Police Mobile Force, Operatives of the Command Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, DSS, Nigeria Army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has rescued 10 kidnapped victims of Darka and Huni Gade villages in the FCT. Nigerian Pilot recalls that on November 14 at about 2:30am, a notorious gang of hoodlums who specialise in raiding remote villagers at night, robbing the villagers of cash and other valuables and also kidnap their victims carried out an attack at Darka village where 6 persons were taken hostage and two persons shot in the process. One of the persons shot later died while receiving treatment at Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital. While the operation was launched to rescue the victims, on November 18, the assailants carried out another attack at Huni Gade village where 4 persons were also taken as hostage. According to a statement by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, following the attacks and kidnap, a joint operation was launched by the security agencies, which mobilised their personnel and set out for the rescue operation at a thick forest bothering FCT and Nasarawa State. The strong hold of the assailants was destroyed during the operation. ASP Manzah revealed that following the brave fight and resilience put forth by the joint security team, 8 of the victims abducted were rescued on Saturday November 19, while the remaining 2 persons were rescued in the early hours of Sunday November 20. The FCT police spokesman said the victims were rescued between Toto and Kuru in Nasarawa State. He said, “It is unfortunate to state that an operative of the Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps, one ASC1 Anumudu Uche who took ill while on the operation lost his life in the process of the operations. May his soul rest in Peace. Manzah said the FCT Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa reassured residents of the FCT and occupants of the villages affected by the unfortunate incident that the Command has commenced massive deployment to forestall any future occurrence. He said concerted efforts are in place to arrest the dislodged hoodlums. He listed the names of the rescued victims as FANUS EMMANUEL “M” BABANGIDA EMMANUEL “M” AKIMMI DAUDA “F” JAPHET KWASU “M” DORCAS SHUAIBU “F” KEMUCHE IK “F” HAMZA YUNUSA “M” UMAR GODIRI “M” ISMAILA YUSUF “M” ABUBAKAR GOMO “M”


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