The Nigerian Police Force, FCT Command in line with its commitment to fight and eliminate crime in the Federal Capital Territory, has again neutralised some notorious kidnappers on its wanted list, and destroyed their camp in Mpape, a suburb in the Nations Capital.
A Saturday statement by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), reveals that the operatives following tip off, stormed the camp of the kidnappers in the early hours on Friday and engaged them in a fierce gun duel.
In the operation which lasted over 30 minutes, the police was able to neutralise a kidnap kingpin known as Musa Wada (Sabo) Magaji, eliminated other criminals and destroyed their hideout.
Part of the statement titled “Police neutralise notorious kidnappers, destroy camp in Mpape” reads:
“In the early hours of February 9, 2024, around 2.40am, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Bureau – Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT), acting on intelligence, successfully attacked, neutralized and eliminated many notorious kidnappers including the kidnapping kingpin identified as Musa Wada (Sabo) Magaji, in an operation conducted around Mpape, Abuja.
“The team also destroyed the camps of the dreaded kidnappers who have been thorns in the flesh of Abuja residents in recent times.
“The armed bandits engaged the police operatives in a gun battle that lasted for about 30 minutes, which left many of the bandits fatally injured, while one of the police operatives sustained bullet wounds.
“This significant achievement follows closely on the heels of the neutralization of Abubakar Wada, an associate of Musa Wada, on February 8, 2024, who served as a lead to their hideout.
“Musa Wada, aka Sabo, was the mastermind behind numerous kidnappings for ransom activities plaguing areas including Mpape and Bwari in the FCT; Kagarko in Kaduna; Masaka, and Nukun Village in Nasarawa State.
“His modus operandi involved identifying wealthy targets and mobilizing armed gangs to carry out abductions for ransom.
“The successful raid on their hideout, situated in the outskirts of Mpape Hills, was conducted by the brave men of the FIB-IRT through a surprise assault, resulting in the elimination of these notorious criminals.
“Additionally, items recovered from the hideout include mobile phones, multiple SIM cards, charms, and hard drugs, which are crucial pieces of evidence aiding ongoing investigations.
“Efforts are on to recover additional arms and ammunition and other equipment they use for their nefarious operations.”
The Police reiterated its commitment to combat crime and ensure the safety and security of all citizens, as it vowed to continue to employ proactive measures to dismantle criminal networks and bring perpetrators of heinous crimes to justice, against all odds.