The police in Abuja have reassured dwellers in the federal capital that they are not under a siege of kidnappers. The comment came after the kidnap of a niece of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar at the weekend.
Before the kidnap of Miss Ai’shat Umar Ardo, a lecturer at Baze University was also kidnapped within the federal capital. The police on Sunday said the kidnapped lecturer had been successfully released.
Miss Ardo, is the daughter of a chieftain of the PDP, Dr. Umar Ardo who is himself said to be a cousin of Atiku’s.
She was kidnapped at gunpoint in a shopping mall in the Asokoro area of the federal capital on Saturday night according to her father.
He said: “My
daughter, Ai’shat Umar Ardo (Ummi)), 24, was kidnapped at Blinkers Shopping
mall, No.46 Nkwame Nkurma crescent, Asokoro around 7:45pm on Saturday.
“They put her in an ash Camry and zoomed off. Nothing is heard of her since, and no call is yet received from them. Your prayer is needed. Thank you.”
Assuring the citizenry that the federal capital is not under a siege, the FCT police said it was on the alert to the development as it assured that it was moving to check the activities of the bandits.
DSP Anjuguri Manzah, spokesman of the command in a statement on Sunday said, “The FCT Police Command wishes to reassure the public that the Federal Capital Territory is safe and the Police has reinvigorated its crime-fighting strategy to ensure the protection of lives and property in FCT.
“It is pertinent to inform the public that the Police has successfully rescued the Baze University lecturer who was kidnapped on 8th September, 2019.
“The Command wants to also inform the public that it has commenced a discreet investigation into an unfortunate kidnap case which occurred at Asokoro on Saturday 14th September, 2019.
“The Police are currently making concerted effort to rescue the victim.
“Contrary to speculations on social media about an upsurge in this crime, the Command wishes to correct the notion and inform the public that the aforementioned were the only cases reported to the police, and efforts are being intensified to arrest the suspects behind the crime.
“The Command wants to reaffirm its commitment to the protect lives and property by deploying proactive security measures that will nip this crime in the bud.”