The FCT Police command has admitted many persons were kidnapped in Bwari outskirts of Abuja.
Although the command alleged that the figure was not up to 200 as being peddled in the news, it however said investigations were on and urged residents not to panic.
According to the Spokesperson of the Command, SP Josephine Adeh, “Police Command is aware of the news making rounds about the alleged kidnap of over two hundred persons between December 23, 2023 to January 4, 2024, in Bwari and Kuje Area Councils.
“Consequent to the above, the Command wishes to categorically state that there are pockets of abduction of persons in the communities mentioned, but the figure is being escalated to create fear and apprehension in the populace.
“The Commissioner of Police, FCT in a continued effort to enhance the security of the residents and prevention of pockets of abduction, on January 3, 2024, visited communities in Bwari.
“During these visits, he engaged with community leaders, assessed security situation/ arrangements, and took proactive measures, by deploying additional police personnel and armored police vehicle (APC) with effort in place to extend same to other communities in the FCT.
“Despite these efforts, concerns have been raised about perceived inactivity.
“However, revealing detailed security strategies emplaced in the above mentioned communities, publicly poses a risk to their effectiveness.
“The Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Haruna G. Garba urge citizens to exercise restraint in sharing potentially misleading or mischievous posts, as he reiterates commitment to rid FCT of all forms of criminality. He equally calls for cooperation with the police, as it will undoubtedly contribute to a safer and more secure environment for all.