- As police rescues 13-yr-old from kidnappers, parade suspected robbers
Residents of Abuja, the nation’s capital are on their seats’ edge as activities of ritual killers, kidnappers and armed robbers seems to be on the increase.
There was pandemonium yesterday morning as residents of Ushafa and Bwari woke up to a suspected case of ritual killing.
The incident took place by the Lower Usuma Dam junction, along Dutse-Bwari Road as the dismembered body of a young woman was found under the bridge by the junction.
According to eyewitnesses, the body was decapitated, one breast was also cut off and the rest of the body cut in two from the abdomen.
“Nobody knows what happened really. We saw some persons gathered so we also came here and found this woman’s body cut in pieces. The head is off, they cut the remaining body into two from the lower abdomen so we don’t know what other organs might be missing, but from all indications it is a case of ritual killing.
“There is also a sack with unknown content stained with blood but nobody can open it until the police come,” an eyewitness who simply gave her name as Akpana told Nigerian Pilot Saturday.
According to her, this is not the first time such an incident has been recorded along the Bwari-Ushafa axis. “People are now very afraid because these things appear to be the order of the day.”
Confirming her story, another resident of Bwari said, “This is not the first time we have seen something like this around this area. In fact it is becoming more and more dangerous, especially this spot (Lower Usuma Dam junction).
“Just yesterday evening when I and my wife were returning home around 5pm, we saw a huge crowd gathered around that junction by the bridge including police and military personnel, but we didn’t care to stop since we know the area has become notorious for such killings,” he said.
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO said he was not aware of this particular incident but would call the DPO in charge to confirm before responding.
Meanwhile police in the Federal Capital Territory said that it has rescued a 13-year-old, Godswill Johnson, from kidnappers’ den at Mpape area of the territory.
FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu said that the teenager, who is a JSS3 student of St. Aloysius Secondary School, Garki, Area 3, was rescued without any ransom.
Narrating the story to newsmen, the mother of the abducted child said the kidnappers stormed their house in Mpape, as armed robbers, demanding for N10 million, but they did not have such amount and so the kidnappers decided to take away their son.
The police stated that the child was rescued at the point of paying the ransom of N2 million when there was a shootout and one of the kidnappers was shot and arrested, while one escaped.
In another development, police in Life Camp area of Abuja, yesterday, paraded eight suspected criminals including two notorious car snatchers, five shop-breakers and one man found to be selling Indian hemp.
Addressing a press conference at the divisional headquarters, Life Camp, the DPO, a chief superintendent of police, CSP Joseph Mamman, said the two car thieves, Abdulrahaman Abdulmalik (35) and Ademola Adekunle (34), were arrested on May 11 at about 5pm following an alarm raised by members of the public, who sighted the suspects after they (suspects) broke into a parked car and carted away the sum of N552,500.00 and attempted to escape but were intercepted by vigilant police personnel who were on patrol at Gwarinpa Roundabout.
The police officer revealed further that one of the residents, who raised the alarm, was knocked down by the robbers and is now unconscious at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The DPO said the suspects confessed to the crime and will be transferred to the state CID for further investigation and prosecution.
According to CSP Mamman, the five shop-breakers, including two women namely Hauwa Salisu (22) and Husseina Ali (20) were arrested at Kado on May 12, at about 7.30pm, when they broke into a woman’s shop while it was raining and carted away all items in the shop. “The suspects have all confessed to the crime and will soon be charged to court.”
A cross section of residents who spoke to Nigerian Pilot Saturday however expressed worry that the coming days would witness a rise in the cases of violent crime, especially with the current rate of inflation ravaging the country and now the astronomical hike in the price of petrol.
“We can only call on the police to help us because with all that is happening in the country today, the cost of living and the entire economy in shambles, we must expect a rise in crime; this is to be expected,” Mr. Ogieva M, a civil servant noted.
Similarly, residents of the nation’s capital called on the police and other security agencies to do more in ensuring security of lives and property.