…As LASWA warns against traveling on waterways during rainfall***
The Kaduna State Police Command on Sunday, confirmed the abduction of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Musa Rambo, a Commander in Suleja, saying that the police officer’s car with registration number KRD 753 BT and his ID card were found abandoned along the road by a team of Operation Safe Heaven.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the ACP was abducted on Saturday at about 3.30pm.
Sabo said the vehicle was abandoned near Kanock Bridge, a border area between Kaduna and Nasarawa States, highlighting that contact had been established with the kidnappers who requested for ransom, but didn’t state how much is being demanded by the abductors.
Sabo however said efforts are in top gear to rescue the ACP and arrest the culprits.
“The State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga assures the public of the command’s resolve to secure the release of the victim.
“He enjoin the people of the state to continue to support the Police with relevant information that could help the command to overcome the recent security problems.”
However, in a development hailed this morning, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba has indicated that Musa Rabo abducted over the weekend was on Sunday 20th October 2019 rescued unhurt.
“The officer was successfully rescued this evening by a combined team of Police operatives from Kaduna, Niger and Zone 7 Command Headquarters Abuja, backed-up by members of the elite Special Forces of the NPF.
Two male suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident. Investigation into the incident is ongoing”, Mba stated further
He noted that Rabo was travelling in his civil dress, with his private vehicle and without escort or any special security at the time of the incident, stressing that he was not targeted as a cop.
“It was purely an opportunistic crime, indiscriminately and maliciously targeted at citizens using that particular road. He was, perhaps, positionally unlucky at the time of the incident!”, DCP Frank Mba concluded.
In the meantime, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), has strongly warned boat operators and passengers against travelling on the waterways during rainfall.
The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, gave the warning on Sunday in Lagos, against the backdrop of untensifying rains, noting that voyages embarked on during the rains could suddenly turn dangerous.
“Especially when the rains are falling, we will advise boat operators and passengers not to move on the waterways.
“Boat operators should abide by all safety measures and avoid over speeding,” the LASWA boss said.
He said people must always insist on life jackets to protect themselves on water in case of any unavoidable eventuality.
The LASWA boss also cautioned against night travel on the state waterways for whatever reason.
He said that the authority would not relent in its efforts to ensure strict adherence to safety rules and regulations.
Emmanuel said that the state government would not tolerate avoidable accidents on its waterways.