Police operatives have rescued 58 kidnap victims held hostage at Udulu forest in Kogi State and other identified kidnappers’ den in communities contiguous to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Adeh said the kidnappers, on sighting the security team coordinated by the police, engaged the security team in a shootout duel.
The police spokesperson said one of the kidnap victims, identified as Tama Jonathan, died during a gun duel between police operatives and the suspected kidnappers.
According to the statement, Tama Jonathan sustained injury during the rescue operation and died on the spot.
His remains have subsequently been released to his family for burial.
The other 58 rescued victims were being stabilised in an hospital and would be reunited with their families thereafter.
SP Adeh said the rescue was part of efforts by the FCT Command leadership, in a sustained joint operation with other security agencies, vigilantes and hunters from the various local communities, to combat violent crimes in the FCT, rescue victims and bring perpetrators to book.
She also said the Commissioner of Police, FCT Police Command, CP Haruna Garba, has vowed that, while effort was being sustained to prevent any further threat to safety and security of residents, the command would also not relent in ensuring the rescue of any resident held hostage by criminals and as well bring the perpetrators to book.
The commissioner of police called for the cooperation of residents, especially in being security conscious and giving credible information to the Police.