An armed gang abducted a father and his son from a village in Kwali Area Council of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, firing sporadically into the air, an eyewitness and the police said.
The victims identified as Abdullahi Benda, and 23-year-old Jibrin Abdullahi Benda, were forcefully taken away from their home in Yangoji village in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 3 at gunpoint, leaving the rest of the family in disarray.
An eyewitness told Daily Trust how the kidnappers attempted to whisk away the man’s wife, but later “spared her after discovering that she was nursing a baby.”
Confirming the incident to HumAngle, Daniel Ndiparya, the FCT Command Police spokesperson, said efforts were underway to rescue the victims and arrest the kidnappers.
The latest incident took place a day after police foiled a kidnapping attempt on two women by a pair of teens who were immediately nabbed along the Kwali axis.
Nigeria’s capital is facing an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, amidst growing insecurity across the country as the government continues to find a lasting solution.
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