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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 28 December 2021


Gunmen abduct anti-kidnap policeman in Adamawa

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A member of the anti-kidnap unit of the Nigeria Police Force has been kidnapped by gunmen in the Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The abduction of the mobile policeman attached to Operation Farauta occurred on Christmas Day, the police authorities in Yola confirmed to PUNCH Metro.

Operation Farauta is a joint team comprising the police, soldiers and local hunters.

The team was formed to arrest the spate of kidnapping, activities of the dreaded Shilla boys and other violent crimes in the state. The victim was deployed in Mayo-Belwa on special duties, as the police battled the rising wave of kidnappings in the council.

Community sources said the mobile policeman was kidnapped in error as the gunmen mistook him for their target — a rich man in the Tike area of the council.

The gunmen reportedly stormed the area around 7 pm in a convoy of motorcycles.

A source said, “The man that the gunmen were looking for owned a mansion beside the Mayo Belwa-Jalingo highway.

“The man was known for his splendour; he always dresses immaculately.

“Luckily for him on that day, he did not dress as he used to.“Unfortunately, the MOPOL, who wore an expensive-looking flowing gown in celebration of Christmas, was mistaken for the rich man.”

The Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, who confirmed the abduction of the policeman, said the command was doing everything possible to rescue him and arrest the suspects.