The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said yesterday that a police inspector was killed during a fierce encounter with kidnappers along Angwan-Zegele-Zuba, in the outskirts of the city.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mariam Yusuf, said following multiple attacks in the area and the kidnap of four residents, the command deployed a team of operatives, who engaged the abductors in a fire-fight.
"The FCT Police Command repelled multiple attacks by suspected kidnappers in the wee hours of Tuesday, April 13, 2021 along Dankusa, Angwan-Zegele-Zuba axis.
"Following a distress call from Angwan Zegele, a joint team of police operatives from the command and operation puff adder responded promptly as they engaged the heavily armed hoodlums in a fierce gun battle", he said.
It said one of the officers died during the exchange of fire.
"Unfortunately, one of the gallant officers, Inspector Ambi John, attached to Operation Puff Adder sustained fatal gunshot injuries during the operation and was rushed to the hospital where he died while receiving treatment", he said.
It said the command launched a strategic operation to ensure the rescue of four persons abducted from Dankusa still in custody of the hoodlums, who escaped into the forest bordering the FCT and Niger State.
The statement said operatives of the command's anti-kidnapping squad arrested some suspects in connection with the abduction.
Following the development, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bala Ciroma, commiserated with the family of the officer, who paid the supreme price in service to the nation and pledged to ensure that all the victims were safely reunited with their families. Furthermore, the commissioner reassured residents of the command's resolve to secure lives and property in FCT