Joint security operation busts ‘Mai One Million’ kidnapper syndicate in Abuja

In a significant victory against crime, operatives of the FCT Police Command, Department of State Services (DSS), and Guards Brigade have successfully dismantled the infamous ‘Mai One Million’ kidnapper syndicate.

The operation, which took place on June 7 at around 10:00 am, led to the arrest of four key members and the rescue of multiple victims.

The suspects, identified as Yahaya Abubakar (25), Mohammed Mohamed (32, ex-convict), Umar Aliyu (20), and Nura Abdullahi (32, ex-convict), were apprehended following a shootout in Gidan Dogo and Kweti Forest, Kaduna State, bordering the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to authorities, credible intelligence had revealed the syndicate’s operations within these areas.

During the raid, security operatives engaged in a fierce exchange of gunfire with the kidnappers. The ensuing confrontation resulted in the arrest of the suspects and the dismantling of their illegal camps.

The illegally erected structures used by the kidnappers were demolished to prevent future criminal activities.

FCT Police Commissioner, CP Benneth Igweh, praised the collaborative efforts of the security forces. He emphasized the command’s unwavering dedication to ensuring the safety and security of FCT residents, urging the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities through designated emergency lines.

Confirming the success of the raid, FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, detailed the operation’s outcomes.

“The coordinated operation occasioned a shootout between the bandits and the security operatives, forcing them to scamper to safety. All illegally erected structures by the kidnappers in the patrolled camps were decimated. The rescued victims have since been reunited with their families and loved ones,” she stated.

This joint operation marks a pivotal step in the ongoing fight against kidnapping and banditry in the region, reinforcing the commitment of security agencies to protecting the lives and property of citizens.

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