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Gunmen invade Abuja community, abduct four family members, one other

Apr 21, 2022
Gunmen invaded Shadadi community in Kuje Area Council of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the early hours of Wednesday and abducted four family members.


Residents said the incident happened at about 1am after the suspected kidnappers had shot sporadically into the air.


A relative to the victims told NAN that the kidnappers, numbering 10 forcefully gained entrance into the house after shooting sporadically and pulling down the widow burglary.


“Immediately they entered at about 1.a.m., they told everybody in the house to lie down with each of them pointing their guns on each member of the family,” the source said.


“The next thing they did was that, they demanded for a bag in the house and when one of the family members brought a bag, they rejected it and demanded for a particular one.


“The family member went inside the room and brought another bag that they accepted and abducted the husband, one of his daughters, his brother and his sister in-law,” he said.


The relative appealed to security agencies, particularly the police to come to the aide of the abductees to ensure their safe release.


Mrs Joy Adogo, a neighbour to the abductees, said some of the abductors were all over the environment while about 10 were inside the house.


“They were numbering about 30 when I saw them going through my window and it was not actually a good experience. My appeal is for the police to step in to ensure their safe release.” she said.


Adogo called for improved security patrol, adding that the recent incident was the third within six months in the community.


It was gathered that a team of policemen from the Kuje Divisional Headquarters was seen at the scene of the incident to inspect the area.


In a related development, a post graduate student of Islamic studies identified as Ismail Ahmad Orilowo was also kidnapped in Kuje.


It was learnt that the gunmen entered into his house along Kuje road, on Monday, 18th April, 2022 and abducted him.


The kidnappers have contacted his family and demanded N15m ransom as condition for his release.