Lagos – There is palpable fear among Abuja residents after gunmen on Monday night killed seven policemen in a shootout in Galadimawa area of Abuja.
The policemen were said to be on stop-and-search duty at a roundabout in Galadimawa area.
Witnesses said the gunmen successfully escaped during the incident which also left some persons injured.
It was gathered that the incident has also caused panic among residents and commuters in the area.
Following this, the FCT Commissioner of Police has reassured members of the public that the command has deployed proactive security measures to protect lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory.
A statement on Tuesday by DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command, said the commissioner stated this during his visit to Galadimawa round-about for on the spot assessment of the unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of the policemen during a fierce gun battle with some daredevil men of the underworld.
According to the statement, while commiserating with families of the deceased policemen who paid the supreme price while serving their fatherland, the Commissioner of Police wishes to assure law abiding FCT residents and the general public that the command has set machineries in motion to arrest the fleeing assailants and bring them to justice.
Meanwhile, the Command Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department has since commenced discreet investigation to unmask the identities of the criminal elements behind the dastardly act, the statement noted.
Police Arrest 19 Over Benue, Plateau Killings
Meanwhile, the police have apprehended 19 suspected persons in connection with the recent killings in Benue and Plateau states.
The police, which made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday, signed by the Force Spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, and made available to Daily Independent, said the perpetrators of the vicious killings in Benue are themselves indigenes of the state numbering eight.
While parading the suspected Benue killers, the police hinted that their leader is a serving councilor of Fidi Council Ward, Makurdi, one Benjamin Bagugba Tivfa, adding he had admitted to have supplied arms and ammunitions to the perpetrators of the killings.
According to the police spokesperson, the apprehended members of the gang are Victor Ganabe, a native of Gwer West, Naka, Benue State; Daniel Kyase, a native of Mbaku, Makurdi and a member of the Benue State Livestock Guards; as well as Adajo Tomza, a native of Tse Egbe, Gwer West, also a member, Benue State Livestock Guards.
Others are Msugh Teraki, a native of Sengv, Naikpe, Gwer West, and a member, Benue State Livestock Guards; Julius Avaan, a native of Ikpayongu, Gwer East; Terkula Udeh, a native of Gwer West; Sunday Cheche, a native of Guma LGA, Benue State, also a member, Benue State Livestock Guards.
The police revealed that two AK47 rifles and 436 rounds of AK47 ammunition were recovered from them.
“On the 27th June, 2018, the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) deployed to Benue State acted promptly on actionable intelligence and other information from concerned members of the public, trailed and arrested six of the above mentioned suspects in their hideout in a hotel in Naka village, Benue State and recovered the arms and ammunition listed above from their possession,” Moshood explained.
On the Plateau killings, Moshood enthused that peace has been restored to the troubled area where 120 persons were slaughtered in cold blood penultimate weekend following the intervention of the IGP, Ibrahim Idris.
“It would be recalled that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris visited Plateau state on the 26th June, 2018,” Moshood stressed.
“While in the state he assessed the security situation and police deployment. Since his visit, the security situation has improved, peace and normalcy has been restored in the affected areas in the state.”
He added that the IGP’s intervention also led to the arrest of 11 suspected persons in connection with the killings, as five AK47 rifles and two live cartridges were recovered from them.
Without giving any descriptive details of their particulars, the police listed the names of the suspects as: Biliaminu Abdullahi, Samaila Saleh, Muhammadu Kabiru, Aminu Mohammed, and Alhassan Saidu.
Others are Gazali Isah, Hamza Inusa, Yahuza Yau, Dahiru Ahmed, Friday Musa, and Abubakar Adam.
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