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Gun Men Kill 7 Policemen, 1 Civilian During a Stop and Search by the Police in Abuja

Valentine Chinyem

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Seven police officers and a passerby have lost their lives during an attack on their check point by armed men in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

The incident which saw passersby injured and scampering for their lives, took place at Galadimawa Junction, during a stop-and-search by the policemen, around the international airport road.

The armed men were also said to have made away with the dead officers weapons.

Meanwhile, a statement issued last night by the FCT Police Spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manza, said the Police have launched a manhunt for the perpetrators of the act.

The statement read: “The FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello, has reassured members of the public that the Command has deployed proactive security measures to protect lives and properties in the Federal Capital Territory.

“He stated this on Tuesday during his visit to Galadimawa Roundabout for on-the-spot assessment of the incident that claimed the lives of some policemen during a fierce gun battle with some dare-devil men of the underworld.

“While commiserating with families of the deceased policemen, who paid the supreme price while serving their fatherland, the Commissioner of Police wishes to assure law-abiding FCT residents and the public that the Command has set machineries in motion to arrest the fleeing assailants and bring them to justice.

“The Command Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, CIID, have commenced investigation to unmask the identities of the criminal elements behind the dastardly act.”

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