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Gunmen Abduct 4 Persons In Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja

Nigeria’s capital, Abuja is fast sliding into criminals’ hands as abduction cases continue to rise within and around the territory, with the recent abduction of four persons in Kuje Area Council.

An armed group abducted four persons in a community in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Police said on Wednesday. 

Kuje Area Council has been the epicentre of kidnappings in the FCT, Abuja. 

HumAngle gathered the latest attack occurred around 3 a.m. on Wednesday as attackers invaded the victims’ homes in Kiyi village, Kuje, whisking away the four residents to an unknown destination. 

One of the victims, Olalekan Salami, a senior staff of the FCT Administration was picked from his house. William Salami,  his elder brother, told journalists.

According to Salami, the kidnappers gained access into the house through the window before demanding cash that was immediately handed to them.

The abductors also carted away phones and a cooking pot, along with his younger brother as they moved on to other houses.

He said the three other victims had been identified as a motorcycle rider, a PHCN worker, and a taxi driver. 

Salami disclosed that the abductors are demanding N50 million as a ransom for the release of his brother. 

When contacted,  Mariam Yusuf, the FCT police spokesperson, who confirmed the incident,  said the Police had launched a rescue operation for the victims.

“Yes, four persons were kidnapped at Kiyi village of Kuje axis,” Yusuf told HumAngle.

“We have launched an operation to rescue the victims and apprehend the fleeing suspects.” 

Incessant kidnappings affecting life

What started as theft, burglaries and some cases of armed robbery has since morphed into a full-scale abduction in Kuje Area Council, one of the six area councils in Abuja, according to an investigation by HumAngle.

The investigation revealed how life has changed for some residents socially and economically, since the incessant cases of abduction.

But police said several counter-kidnapping strategies had been deployed to ensure Kuje residents are safe, including the launch of covert operations.

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Aishat Babatunde

Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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