Eight killed as Shiites clash with security operatives
• FCT police clamp down on kidnappers, arrest 57 Shiites
At least eight people were yesterday killed in a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shittes and security operatives in Abuja.
A member of IMN, Abdullahi Musa, at a briefing in Abuja for the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement, said armed security men in security patrol vans stormed Gwarinpa model city to the main bus stop and disturbed a procession by the group.
He noted that the trek was to relive the trial and tribulation faced by the household of holy prophets.
But FCT police Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh, said the Shiites movement came into Abuja with the intention to cause unrest.
She noted that 57 of them have been arrested with suspected weapons.
She said: “The FCT Police Command in a joint operation with other security agencies have restored normalcy to the Gwarinpa area of the FCT and other parts of the capital territory, where miscreants identified as IMN members, caused unnecessary hardship to motorists and other road users as well as individuals going about their lawful businesses.
“The miscreants, who were found in their numbers were promptly intercepted by the security operatives and dispersed to prevent them from causing further disruption of public order and peace and damage to public and private assets.
“The miscreants attacked the security forces with petrol bombs, other weapons, including stones, but were adequately rounded up by the security teams without any casualty.
“A total of 57 suspects including 39 males and 18 females were arrested and currently being profiled at the State Criminal Investigations Department of the FCT Police Command. A golf vehicle, flags, petrol bombs, weapons, mobile phones, charms were recovered as exhibits.”
MEANWHILE, FCT Police Command has launched a special intelligence-led operation to tackle kidnapping and other violent crimes in the metropolis.
FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday said their efforts have yielded positive results as seven kidnapped victims were rescued along the Pegi area of the FCT.
One AK-47 rifle, 15 AK-47 magazines, suspected fake military camouflage uniforms, six mobile phones, hard drugs, charms and a cash sum of N47,000 were recovered by police operatives from the kidnappers.
The Guardian gathered that detectives, acting on intelligence, which revealed the activities and hideout of some criminal elements suspected to be kidnappers, drafted personnel of the command’s anti-kidnapping unit in a joint operation with the DSS and Police operatives from Pegi division, stormed the hideout of the suspected kidnappers.
“Upon sighting the security operatives, the kidnappers engaged them in a gun battle, but due to the superior gun fire of the security team, one of the suspected kidnappers who has been on the wanted list of the command for kidnapping activities, Umar Bappa a.k.a Maishede Blakie met his waterloo while others escaped into the forest.
“Seven victims held hostage by the kidnappers were rescued unhurt and immediately taken to the hospital for medical attention and later reunited with their families. Efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang,” the state police spokesperson, Adeh revealed.
The command has also commenced investigations into the reported abduction of a Doctor and five others in Chikuku Village, Kuje axis of the FCT. “The command enjoins members of the public with useful information about the incident to avail the Police with it to assist in the rescue of the victims.
“The Command urges residents to remain calm, while reaffirming its unflinching commitment to rid the FCT of every form of crimes and criminality and protect the life and property of residents. The command also implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergencies or distresses through the following lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883,” she stated.