Defence & Security

Police debunk kidnapping of 17 in Abuja, find alarmist

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has debunked a claim by one Amira Safiyanu that 17 persons including herself, three pregnant women and two little kids were abducted by gunmen in police uniform on Tuesday 14th June 2022 in Abuja.

Safiyanu had raised the alarm which went viral on her Twitter handle, Ameerah Sufyan, saying her mobile phone was not seen by the kidnappers. She also alleged that they were been taken to Lagos in a green Nissan vehicle.

Safiyanu, therefore, alerted all family members and friends with her WhatsApp contact to check their phones for a broadcast message of their location.

A statement by the FCT Command Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Oduniyi Omotayo, said the alarmist, Safiyanu has been found by the Police and currently receiving medical attention at the hospital.

It added that the alleged kidnapped of the 17 people is false and called for the continuous partnership of members of the public with the police to arrest cases of insecurity.

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The statement reads, “The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command wishes to categorically debunk the viral news of the alleged kidnapping of one Safiyanu Amira and seventeen (17) others who were reportedly abducted at gunpoint by Armed men in Police uniform on Tuesday 14th June 2022 at about 1:00 pm and to state that Safiyanu Amira is currently safe in Police custody.

“While she is currently in the hospital receiving medical attention as demanded by global best practices, the investigation continues and findings will be communicated subsequently.

“The Commissioner of Police FCT Command CP Babaji Sunday psc while commending the gallantry of the Tactical and Investigative apparatus detailed on the case, appreciated the members of the public for their calm maintained and the various degrees of useful information given to the Police.

“He enjoined the good people of the FCT not to relent in partnering with the police, especially towards the rendition of information, to remain vigilant, and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the Police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, While the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.”

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