Police Rescue Three Kidnapped Road Safety Officials

File photo of a Police patrol van

 

Three of the abducted Federal Road Safety (FRSC) officials who were kidnapped on Monday in Nasarawa State have been rescued by security personnel.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe disclosed this to the Channels Television in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

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The police boss said the rescue efforts were carried out in collaboration with the military. Intensified efforts are also in place to rescue the remaining seven officials still in captivity.

Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe

 

“The police in tandem with the military personnel pursued the bandits. There was a lot of exchange of fire, because of this, some of the bandits ran in different directions.

“Three of the personal have been rescued. They are with the police so we are now on an operation to rescue the rest of the seven personnel,” Longe said.

He urged members of the public with vital information that can assist in rescuing the abductees not to hesitate in helping the police.

Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has commiserated with the FRSC over the demise of two of their officers.

The two officers were killed on Monday following an attack at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege between Adoka in the state.

The governor extended his condolence during a security council meeting at the council chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

Sule charged security personnel in the state to sustain the tempo of the recently recorded successes in the fight against insecurity in the state and the North Central region.

The meeting with the governor had all the state security heads, traditional rulers, and other stakeholders in attendance.

 

Gunmen Storm Lafia Market, Create Panic In Lafia

Lafia MarketGunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, on Tuesday evening, stormed a local market along Lafia-Shemdam road, shooting sporadically into the market.

According to an eye witness who craved anonymity, the Fulani herdsmen came attacking the Lafia market with automatic rifles, burning shops, goods and destroyed over six vehicles at the market.

The Ashangwa market located in an Eggon community before Asakyo in Lafia East Development Area, is said to be the target of the assailants who ensured no business activity took place there.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of Nasarawa Command, Umar Nuuman, said that some armed men trailed a vehicle and subsequently opened fire on it.

Details of the Lafia market attack remain sketchy as he said that the joint security committee has restored normalcy in the state with investigation on going.

‘Juju’ Worshippers Kill 20 Policemen In Nasarawa

The deadly militia group popularly known as Ombatse on Tuesday killed at least 20 police officers in an ambush, 10 kilometres from Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, Nigeria’s north central region.

Aside those killed, nine others were critically injured by the militia and eight out of 11 operational vehicles set ablaze by the militia in the village.

The state police commissioner, Abayomi Akeremale, who spoke with newsmen on the attack, said the large contingent was on a mission to raid the shrine.

He said: “We decided at the State Security Council meeting, because of the frequent attacks on churches and mosques by this particular group, who are forcing people to swear an oath at the shrine, that we carry out an operation and arrest the perpetrators for prosecution; less it turns into a religious crisis.

“The people; some called them Ombatse, but they call themselves cultural people; ambushed our men and opened fire”, Mr Akeremale said.

“The policemen were on operation to raid the place and make arrests, particularly of the chief priest, and other leaders, who have been torturing worshipers in churches and mosques to force them to swear an oath of allegiance to Ombatse.

He said the worshipers had tortured and compelled an inspector of police, to swear allegiance to Ombatse, but added that the officer has been freed, and returned to his duty post.

“We are still after the persons “administering the oath forcefully on people. We will make sure we bring the perpetrators to book.”

The Nasarawa state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Michael Ada admitted that 20 policemen and men of the SSS were killed.

He said eight patrol vehicles were also burnt.