Terrorism

9 Abducted In Abuja Estate Attack 

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

IN their renewed vigour to wreck more havoc, gunmen have reportedly abducted no fewer than nine persons at Grow Homes Estate along Kuchibiyi in the Kubuwa area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

No fewer than 20 gunmen were said to have stormed the estate around 11:30p.m on Friday, to yank off the residents from their sleep after a hard-week’s hustles.

Stonix News reports that this is coming at a time it’s pretty difficult for Nigerians to cash out from banks due to the controversial Naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This is because ransoms paid to abductors are necessarily paid in raw cash and not by electronic transfer for obvious reasons.

A source in the community said the victims were captured from two separate apartments in the estate.

”Yesterday (Friday), at about 11:30 p.m, some gunmen, in their large numbers, came to carry out an operation at Grow homes estate along Kuchibiyi.

“We heard the sounds of gunshots; there was panic in the entire community as a result of the incident.

“This morning, we went to the estate and we learnt the gunmen were about 20.

“They moved from one apartment to the other dispossessing them of their belongings.

“They also kidnapped, at least, nine persons including children and women from two apartments in the estate.

“They escaped through the bush, which linked the community to Paze village.

“The police and the estate security have been searching the bush since morning to see if they can rescue the kidnapped residents,” the source noted.

Meanwhile, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident.

“Upon receipt of the distress call, we immediately deployed our men to the scene. The suspects however abruptly suspended their operations and took some victims with them into the bush.

“Operatives of the Police and the estate security are still combing the bushes in the area to ensure they are rescued unhurt.

“We urge the residents to remain calm and assist with useful information that could lead to the swift arrest of these criminals.

“This happened in Kuchibiyi in Byazin,” the female police spokesperson, pleaded.

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