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Gunmen kidnap anti-kidnapping cop

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted a Mobile Police officer attached to Operation FARAUTA, a Special Task Force working to tackle kidnapping in Adamawa State.

The policeman, who is a resident of Mubi, a principal town in the northern part of the state, was deployed to Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area to be part of efforts to tackle kidnapping which has become rampant around Mayo-Belwa.

Operation FARAUTA is a joint team comprising police, soldiers and local hunters formed in Adamawa State to check rising incidents of kidnapping and armed robbery perpetrated mostly by a youth gang called Shilla Boys in local parlance.

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It was gathered that gunmen who stormed Mayo-Belwa around 7:00pm on Sunday in a convoy of motorcycles were on the trail of a rich man in the area called Idi Bage, when they mistook the officer for their target.

A source said, “The man whom the gunmen were looking for owned a mansion beside the Mayo-Belwa to Jalingo highway and who is known to always dress immaculately.

“Luckily for him on that fateful day, he did not dress elegantly but had changed into a casual local dress.

“Unfortunately, the MOPOL who wore an expensive-looking flowing gown in celebration of Christmas was mistaken for the rich man.”

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the abduction.

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Nguroje said, “Yes, it is true. The officer was swooped on and taken away while he was in a relaxed atmosphere with his friends.”

He said the state’s Police Commissioner, CP Adamu Barde has ordered a search and rescue for the abducted officer and apprehend the abductors.