…Injure Police officer, others
By Kingsley Madaki
Men of the FCT Taskforce were on Thursday attacked by miscreants during an operation in Gaduwa area of the territory.
A Police officer was injured during the attack and was rushed to hospitals, just as the officials taken hostage were later released, following a rapid response from the rescue team of FCT Police Command , led by Deputy Commissioner of Police for Operations, Bernard Igwe.
Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Ikharo Attah, who confirmed the incident said that some officials of the Development Control attached to the Taskforce, who went to Gaduwa Community to mark for demolition some illegal houses springing up indiscriminately in the community, were heavily resisted and attacked by some persons bearing different dangerous weapons.
While he commended some indigenous youths who helped in calming the situation and work towards the release of the officials taken hostage, he also noted that, but for the quick intervention of the re-enforced rescue team, the miscreants would have unleashed more mayhem on the team.
” I was sent somewhere by the Minister and before I could I arrive the scene the Police officer who was badly injured on the head and others had been rushed to hospital.
“Those who were held hostage were rescued by rescue team led by DC Bernard Igwe. The area where the indigenous people stay was not marked. The Police will determine what happens to those who were arrested “.
One of the officials that were held hostage and leader of the Development control officials Kalu Amadi, said the experience was horrific and may take some time for him to overcome the psychological trauma.
Amadi who was allegedly striped half naked, explained that the attackers refused to hear that he was on an official duty, and almost killed him.
An indigenous youth who spoke on condition of anonymity says there are few houses owned by some indigenes in the areas marked illegal expansion within the community. He noted that the place is largely occupied by non indigenous people whom he pleaded should be allowed to live with them.
He also explained that a man and lady who sustained injury in the conflict have also been rushed to the hospital.