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Gunmen kidnap 13 in Abuja, demand N900m ransom

Gunmen kidnap 13 in Abuja, demand N900m ransom


Daredevil gunmen have, again, invaded the Piko community in Bwari Area Council of Abuja and, allegedly, kidnapped 13 people.

Daily Sun gathered that the incident occurred around midnight, on Sunday, in the community, and lasted for over one hour. Security agents were allegedly missing from the scene.

A witness told newsmen that the Maidakin (leader) of the community, Chief John Jatau, confirmed that 10 residents were kidnapped from his domain, including four nomadic Fulani herdsmen. He noted that out of the four Fulani people, one escaped from the kidnappers’ custody.

He said the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of N900 million and gave the names of those abducted from his community as: Nuhu anyiwoyi, Emmanuel Nuhu, Danjuma Ali, Parisa Numa, Ezekiel Jatau Shekwosa Ezekiel, Roseline Samuel, Salome Jacob, Abyelo Ezra, and Ezra Male.

The source said: “The kidnapping incident occurred last night, being Sunday, 05/05/2024, at about 11pm. The kidnappers raided the village for about one hour without any response or reaction from the community or outsiders; the major challenge the community faced last night, in terms of communication to others, was as a result of no telecommunication network in the village, so they picked people from house-to-house. From the community they picked about 13 people, and later released three.

“The Madakin Piko informed me that they have called and demanded a ransom of N900 million. They picked about four Fulani people and one of them was released.”

The FCT Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, who was contacted by newsmen through a WhatsApp message, neither confirmed nor refuted the kidnap incident. She only asked, “when was that” and never reacted as of the time of this report.




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