Gunmen abduct nine persons in attack on Abuja estate
At least nine persons were said to have been abducted by gunmen in an estate along Kuchibiyi in Kubwa area of the federal capital territory (FCT).
The gunmen were said to have attacked the estate on Friday around 11:30pm.
Hassan, a resident of the community, said the victims were taken from separate apartments in the estate.
A family of five residing in the estate were reportedly said to be among those who were abducted.
“Yesterday, at about 11:30 pm, 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,” Hassan told the Punch
“This morning, we went to the estate and we learnt those gunmen were about 20. They moved from one apartment to the other dispossessing residents 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.
Reacting to the incident, Josephine Adeh, the spokesperson of the FCT police command, said the police and security officials of the estate are combing the bushes of the area to rescue the abductees.
The police spokesperson called on residents to remain calm and provide the police with information that could lead to the rescue of the victims and arrest of the gunmen.