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BREAKING: Gunmen invade Abuja community, kidnap four

No fewer that four residents of Bmuko community at Dutse Baupma axis of Bwari Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been kidnapped by armed men.

Residents say the dozens of armed men invaded the community around 11:50pm on Monday night and moved to the home of one Engineer Patrick.

According to Mr Isa, a resident of the area, Patrick’s wife and brother were among the kidnap victims.

According to him, the kidnappers, who were about 30 in number, stormed Zone C, Road 5 of the community and shooting sporadically in the air before they broke into the house of the engineer and abducted two of this family members.

“From the engineer’s house, after carrying his wife and brother, they divided themselves into two groups. One group went towards the riverside that leads to Kubwa and Bwari, while the other group went towards the hillside,” Isa said.

“It was the group going towards the hillside that stopped at a nearby house where they kidnapped a Pastor and another young man. We could not do anything, we were scared to death during the period of the attack,” he added.

One of the leaders of the community confirmed that they heard gunshots few minutes to 12 midnight, that was when one of the landlords living amongst them sent them a voice note on their platform that they were being attacked.

“Swiftly, our security personnel came down, we had to make calls to the FCDA Police Station, luckily we had intervention from them, and soldiers also came to our rescue. However, the whole thing turned to something else, as nobody was arrested,” he said on the condition of anonymity.

“The kidnappers went with three or four people. As we speak, the soldiers that went in search of them have returned without rescuing them. The policemen are still in the bush searching for them.

“We have been demanding for Police outpost here in the Bmuko community, this is a populated environment. Whatever is happening here is not out of the knowledge of the security architecture of the FCT,” he added.

He stressed that if they had the Police patrolling at least three to four times in a week, it will prevent attacks like this.

“The people will also be guided both in information and movement. We are trusting that those kidnapped would be rescued safely. They have not contacted anyone yet. We are seriously praying for their safety.

“The wife and brother of one Engineers Patrick were also among the people that were kidnapped, and also a Pastor. The kidnappers came with AK47, because some of the guys during the night search picked up about two or three bullets of AK47 on the ground,” he stated.

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