Gunmen have killed one person and abducted three others in the Kuje Area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The attackers were said to have stormed Dafara community on Wednesday night and in the process, killed a local vigilante official and abducted a security officer and his two children.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Anjuguri Manzah. According to Manzah, the police have already begun a joint counter-operation against latest kidnapping in Abuja and its environs.
“The joint operation comprising the police and other security agencies is also being extended to other identified black spots within the Federal Capital Territory.
“The operation is aimed at rescuing hostages, arresting the suspects and permanently checkmating the emerging security concerns especially around Kuje-Robuchi axis,” the statement said.
The Command’s spokesman added that the security agencies were working assiduously to rescue the victims and urged residents to be calm and support the ongoing operation with useful information.
He gave assurance that the police would not relent in their efforts until the activities of the hoodlums and other crimes were permanently checked.
Manzah said further steps were also being made to engage relevant stakeholders in various communities as part of renewed efforts to check such crime.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of some persons around Pegi Community in Abuja on Monday and said that efforts are ongoing to rescue the victims.
Armed gunmen had on Monday night, stormed the community in Kuje Area Council and reportedly abducted nine persons.
According to a statement by the spokesperson for the police in Abuja, Anjuguri Manzah, details of the incident is still sketchy, but the force is intensifying effort to reunite the victims with members of their families.
“The Police Command of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja wishes to inform the public that it is making a concerted effort to rescue the persons kidnapped around Pegi Community on Monday 7th October 2019 at about 2100hrs.
“Though details of the incident are still sketchy, the Command is urging members of the public to be calm while the Police intensify effort to rescue and reunite victims with members of their families.”
Manzah added, “We call on the public to be security-conscious and provide information to the Police and other relevant security agencies on suspicious movements and activities within their communities.”
Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello has explained reasons behind the controversial demolition of Caramelo night club.
Briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, the FCT minister said the action taken was as a last resort following a breach by the original owner.
Painful as it was, the minister underscored that Abuja is a city for everyone nevertheless he says the law had to take its course and the government is determined to follow the master plan in all its dealings.
The ministers are expected to reconvene for the Federal Executive Council meeting on Monday, the 20th of May, 2019 for what might be their last meeting before the valedictory session on the 22nd of May.
“Today, what we have in the Federal Capital Territory is another evidence that we are a government that delivers on its promises,” the President said.
He added, “I have observed keenly other milestones that this administration has achieved, especially in the areas of education, public utilities and infrastructure development.
“I am very pleased to be here today to formally commission the Abuja Light Rail System. The completion of this very important project is a dream come true.”
President Buhari noted that the feat recorded clearly demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing critical infrastructural projects.
He said it was also an evidence that they were keeping with the ideals of the Change Agenda to ensure prudence in the management of public resources and value for money considering the huge investments in the project.
The President who described transportation as the live wire of any city was optimistic that a modern rail service would bring about a boost to the economy of the nation’s capital and enhance social life of the residents.
He revealed that what they have on the ground were coaches meant to provide skeletal services as they await the main set of the rolling stock for full operations.
President Buhari said he had been briefed on the outcome of the recent visit of the FCT and Finance ministers, Muhammed Bello and Kemi Adeosun, to China, during which the MOUs and agreements for the procurements of the main rolling stock were signed.
He further assured Nigerians of the government’s continued support for all the negotiations towards the realisation of the Abuja Light Rail system.
The President commended the FCT Minister for the hard work and sense of purpose towards realising the long-awaited modern transportation system for both residents and visitors in the nation’s capital.
He also appreciated the support and patience of the residents during the period when the government was working to improve the FCT transportation service.
President Buhari thanked the Chinese government and its people for their investment in the Nigerian economy, as well as other stakeholders who contributed to the success of the project.
“Let me place on record the Nigerian Government’s appreciation to the Government of China and the EXIM Bank of China for their support on this and many other projects currently being executed in the country,” he said.
“This gesture further cements the already existing cordial relations and developmental partnership between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China.”
The President, however, challenged the FCT Administration, especially the management of the rail services to ensure efficient operations, good customer service, and maintenance culture in the operations of the rail.
Those who witness the occasion include Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, as well as some ministers.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has imposed a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on Bwari Township, Abuja.
This follows the violence that occurred in the town on Monday during which eyewitnesses said several shops were burnt down at one of the major markets.
While the actual reason behind the violence is yet to be ascertained, a witness said the incident was a fallout of a reported clash between some youths of two ethnic groups – the Gbagyis (who are said to be the original inhabitants of the town) and Hausas in the community.
According to a source, a Gbagyi youth was allegedly injured and killed by a member of the other group on Sunday night.
A local resident in the area said tension had been existing between the Gbagyis and the Hausas in the community for some time.
The man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, noted that the recent clash occurred following the reported leadership battle between the traditional rulers of both ethnic groups.
He said the Gbagyis allegedly stormed the market on Christmas day and set it ablaze in what appeared to be a retaliation for the purported death of one of them.
Public Relations Officer for the FCT Police Command, Manzah Anjuguri, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday, said the details of the clash remain sketchy but investigation is ongoing to ascertain the root cause.
The Federal Government has assured residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and, indeed other, parts of the country that their security remains a top priority of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, who said on Sunday in Abuja, informed Nigerians that government has put in place adequate security measures to thwart any possible terror attack in the FCT and other parts of the country.
Following the recent travel advisories issued by some western countries, he said there was no cause for alarm as security agencies have not let down their guard, adding that there has been no terror attack in Abuja since the President assumed office in 2015.
“We know that the terrorists, who have been massively degraded and put on the run, have been looking for soft targets to attack,” the minister said in the statement signed by his aide, Segun Adeyemi.
“This is the nature of terrorism all over the world, as can be seen in recent attacks in the UK, France and Egypt, among others.
“That is why the Nigerian security agencies have continued to be on the alert, even if their efforts have been largely unobtrusive so as not to disrupt the daily activities of the citizenry. Such efforts are routinely stepped up during religious festivals.”
Mr Mohammed said the government would continue to take adequate measures to protect the lives and properties of citizens and non-citizens alike.
He added that the military remains unrelenting in ensuring that the terrorists neither regroup nor regain the capacity to carry out organized attacks.
According to him, the sensitisation campaign on security tagged “if you see something, say something”, would be stepped up on national radio and television.
He also appealed to Nigerian to be security conscious and to promptly report suspicious people and objects noticed in their surroundings to the security agencies.
The FCT Police Command has denied responsibility for the murder of one Olatunde Ojuregbe, following reports that made the rounds on Wednesday.
In a statement by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Dsp Anjuguri J. Manzah, the Force noted that “contrary to the misleading news report which is an orchestrated attempted to disparage the command and pitch the public against the police, it is pertinent to state unequivocally that the police which is a law enforcement agency guided by the rule of law and duty bound to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of citizens did not play any role, under whatever guise, in the murder of the deceased.”
The command explained further that at about 6:30 am a passer-by informed them at the Jikwoyi division that a man was lying lifeless inside a golden colour Honda Accord vehicle.
They stated that “upon receipt of the information a team of police detectives was immediately mobilised to the scene where the victim later identified as Olatunde Ojuregbe, 43, was seen lying in the driver’s seat with a bullet wound on his body and bullet mark on the driver’s door.
“The photograph of the scene was taken before the victim was moved to Asokoro General Hospital where he was certified dead by a medical doctor. His corpse was then deposited at the mortuary for further investigation.”
The statement also noted that a cash sum of 25,000 and some electrical working tools were found inside the deceased’s car.
The Force, however said investigation is still ongoing and that the findings would be made public soon, upon conclusion.
Meanwhile, the Police said one Priscilla Olatunde, 24, has claimed to be the wife of the deceased.
The Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has warned individuals and groups against indulging in acts that would result in the destruction of property and cause a breakdown of law and order.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, of the FCT Police command, Anjuguri Manzah.
According to the statement, the warning follows the invasion of the office of one of the telecommunication service providers at the Maitama District, by a group on February 23, 2017.
The CP while condemning the act, stated that the police would not hesitate to apply the appropriate sections of the law in the prosecution of those arrested for causing the breakdown of law and order.
The public was therefore enjoined to always adopt civil and legitimate channels in registering grievances instead of resorting to self-help and causing security breach.