Richard Ginika Izuora
Bandits have killed a policeman in Abuja during an encounter.
The incident was confirmed by the FCT Police Command on Tuesday.
The Command disclosed that it lost one of its gallant officers, Insp. Ambi John, attached to Operation Puff Adder; adding that the cop was killed in a shoot-out with suspected kidnappers.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, ASP Mariam Yusuf, said a joint team of operatives from the Command and Operation Puff Adder, in response to a distress call; had engaged the heavily armed hoodlums in a fierce gun battle.
Yusuf said the late officer sustained gunshot wounds during the operation; adding that he was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead, while receiving treatment.
She said the operatives had repelled multiple attacks by the suspected kidnappers in the early hours of Tuesday along Dankusa; Angwan-Zegele-Zuba axis of the territory.
Furthermore, the PPRO said the Command had launched a strategic operation to rescue four persons abducted from Dankusa by the hoodlums. The kidnappers had escaped into the forest bordering the FCT and Niger, she revealed.
Also, operatives from the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad have, in the meantime, made some arrests in connection with the abductions.
She said the FCT Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Bala Ciroma, had commiserated with the family of the officer who paid the supreme prize for service to the nation. Yusuf pledged the commitment of the CP to ensure the security of lives and property within the FCT. Consequently, she implored residents of the FCT to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress to the command on the following numbers; 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.
The police spokesperson the conduct of police officers could also be reported to the Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) on 09022222352.