NAF Officer, Air Commodore Ijudigal Rescue Kidnapped Victims from One Chance Operators in Abuja

A serving Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officer, Air Commodore John Ijudigal, has successfully foiled a robbery/kidnapping attempt by suspected criminals popularly known as 'one-chance' in Abuja. 

The incident occurred on 14 February 2024 at Accra Road, Wuse Zone 5, leading to the apprehension of 3 of the suspects and the eventua the kidnapped victims. 

Director of Public Relations and Information,  Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet on a press statement explains that the incident unfolded at about 7.28pm as Air Commodore Ijudigal was commuting home in his staff car after work, when he suddenly came across a distressing scene: An Abuja-painted taxi (Mazda 323, registration BWR 232 XB) reversing on high speed, with terrified passengers inside screaming for help. 

Suspected Kidnappers

In pursuit of the taxi was a black Toyota Land Cruiser. Instinctively, Air Commodore Ijudigal immediately joined in the pursuit by using his official vehicle to block the escape route of the criminals. The driver of the 'one-chance' vehicle, in a state of panic, then collided with Air Commodore Idjudigal's official vehicle, resulting in significant damage to both cars.

The impact caused the 'one-chance' vehicle to skid into a nearby garden. Following the collision, Air Commodore Ijudigal promptly0 exited his vehicle and chased after one of the occupants of the 'one-chance' taxi, who had fled into a nearby bush. 

Female Suspect

With the assistance of onlookers gathered at the accident scene, the driver of the 'one-chance' vehicle, along with 2 other suspects (a male and a female), were apprehended, while 2 female victims were rescued.

Subsequently, Air Commodore Ijudigal contacted a nearest police post and personally ensured the 3 criminals were handed over to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Mr Benneth Igweh, at his office.

In his comments, the FCT Commissioner of Police commended Air Commodore Ijudigal for his courage, highlighting that his intervention not only foiled a robbery/kidnapping attempt but also played  crucial role in apprehending criminals who have constituted a security risk to law-abiding citizens of the FCT. 

The Commissioner further praised the senior officer's act as a demonstration of bravery and unwavering commitment to public service. 

According to him, “The swift and decisive measures taken no doubt averted a potential tragedy, reinstating confidence in the security forces.” 

The Chief of the Air Staff , Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has since commended the senior officer for his bravery and act of selfless service. Air Commodore Ijudigal is a former NAF Deputy Director of Sports and currently the Deputy Director of Logistics at the Defence Headquarters.

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