The newly appointed Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Police Commissioner (CP), Benneth Igwe, has asked kidnappers and other criminals to run away from the seat of power, saying their days are numbered.

Igwe gave the warning on Friday, February 2, after taking over from the former CP, Garba Haruna.

He said: “I want to appreciate Mr President and the Inspector-General of Police for finding him worthy. I also thank the FCT minister for his support. My message to kidnappers and armed robbers is that their time is up. In our laws, there is nothing like ‘one chance’. One chance is simply armed robbery and they will be treated as armed robbers.”

He noted that FCT would experience peace from now on, adding that kidnappers should be ready to shoot him or he shoots them.

He stated: “Another option for them is to run away. I am not new to FCT. I know the terrain in FCT, which is an added advantage for me.”

Just a few minutes after taking over, the police boss mobilised dozens of Armoured Personnel Carriers and patrol vehicles filled with combat-ready policemen to the Bwari area, the kidnapping hotbed of FCT.

The kidnapping spree in FCT has reached an alarming spate as a Director of the Federal Housing Authority was on Thursday abducted by suspected bandits.


The spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, could not be reached for comments on the incident.

The part of Pambara Extension where Mr. Ver was kidnapped is just about 200 metres away from the military base.

The kidnappers were said to have escaped through the bushes with their victim.

The FCT has been confronted with an alarming surge in insecurity, leading to fear and apprehension in the outskirts of the city.

The FHA spokesperson, Kenneth Chigelu has confirmed the incident, explaining that the Director is staff of its Mortgage Bank, an autonomous institution.

According to Chigelu, the kidnapping had stalled the FHA event scheduled for yesterday, the handing over of 40 housing units to owners in Gwarinpa.



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