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FCT Policeman dies in gun battle with suspected kidnappers

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Written by Maritime First

…As NSCDC discovers 8 decomposed bodies in Calabar***

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has lost one Insp. Ambi John, attached to Operation Puff Adder, during a gun battle with suspected kidnappers.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, ASP Mariam Yusuf, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

She 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 gun battle.

Yusuf said that the late officer, after sustaining gunshot injuries during the operation, was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead while receiving treatment.

She said that the operatives had repelled multiple attacks by the suspected kidnappers in the wee hours of Tuesday along Dankusa, Angwan-Zegele-Zuba axis of the territory.

The PPRO said the Command had launched a strategic operation to rescue four persons abducted from Dankusa by the hoodlums who escaped into the forest bordering the FCT and Niger.

According to her, operatives from the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad has, however, made some arrests in connection with the abduction.

She said the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma had commiserated with the family of the officer who paid the supreme price in the service to the nation.

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She, therefore, implored residents of the FCT to report all suspicious movements, emergency, or distress to the command on 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

She said the conduct of police officers could be reported to the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) on 09022222352.

In another development,the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has discovered eight decomposed bodies on the outskirt of Calabar on Tuesday.

Mr Solomon Eremi, NSCDC Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the newsmen in Calabar.

Eremi said that the stench from the decomposing bodies attracted the attention of passersby who traced the location of the valley and raised alarm.

“We sent out Disaster Management and Recovery team to the area. They went there with armed men.

“They went round the entire place and saw eight decomposed corpses made up of a female and seven males. One was still very fresh.

“We don’t really know what happened. We got the information from passersby due to the stench that came from the area.

“As we speak, we can not really tell what happened, whether they killed them and dumped them there, whether it was kidnappers or what, we can’t really tell for now until the investigation is completed,” Eremi said.

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