In a successful operation conducted by the Special Intervention Squad of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, three notorious bandits were neutralized in a forest within the Bwari area of Abuja. The operation took place in the early hours of Friday, January 26, at approximately 2 am, in a forest connecting Abuja to Kaduna State.
Among the deceased bandits was their gang leader, Mai Gemu, widely known as Godara, who, along with his gang members, had been causing terror in the FCT and neighboring states.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this development in Abuja on Friday during the parade of around 20 criminal suspects apprehended for various offenses across the country.
Adejobi stated, “We’ve recorded another significant stride towards fortifying the security landscape in the Federal Capital Territory following the recent launch of the Special Intervention Squad under the command of the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun.”
He further explained, “The SIS, in the early hours of Friday, neutralized one of the most wanted kidnap kingpins, Mai Gemu aka Godara, and two other members of his gang in an exchange of gunfire in the Bwari area of Abuja in a forest linking Abuja with Kaduna State.”
Last Saturday, the FCT Special Intervention Squad took control of a major route in Usafa, Bwari Area Council, known to be used by bandits to transport their victims out of Abuja into neighboring states such as Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, and Kogi.
Confirming the success of the operation, FCT SIS Commander Commissioner of Police Bennett Igwe acknowledged the ongoing efforts to tackle the rising insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory. The region has witnessed an alarming surge in criminal activities, particularly kidnappings, prompting heightened concerns among residents and authorities. The recent abduction of 23 individuals, including members of the Al-Kadriyar and Ariyo families on January 2, 2024, in the Bwari Area Council, has been one of the most notable incidents in the past seven months.