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Crime Updated: May 21, 2024

Abuja: Many abducted in fresh kidnappings

By Adekunle Obas
May 21, 2024
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A group of suspected gunmen in military uniforms, estimated to be around 50 in number, on Sunday, invaded the Dawaki community opposite the Gwarinpa Estate along the Kubwa Expressway in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The armed bandits reportedly operated for about an hour without interference, kidnapping multiple people from the community.

Hosea Christopher, a resident of Dawaki, confirmed that the bandits abducted 17 residents from three houses along Fulani Junction.

He noted that five of the abductees managed to escape while being taken towards a mountain on the outskirts of the area.

The bandits were eventually confronted by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, as they headed towards a forest near the Usuma Dam.

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This incident followed a similar invasion in Shagari Quarters in Dei-Dei, located about five kilometres away on the same Kubwa Expressway, where kidnappers abducted the family of a Customs officer.

The attacks highlight a growing security concern in the region.

“They immediately opened fire on the security men but there was corresponding response. Despite the fierce offensive by the DSS operatives, the bandits were able to escape,” he said.

Another resident of the community, Abel James, who was among the people that escaped abduction, said, the attackers wore uniforms and had face masks.

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“But I doubted their genuineness when they started shooting sporadically. As they moved towards the community, I headed into a house under construction and climbed upstairs from where I kept looking at their operation, with gunshots as they were leaving towards the hill.

“We later learnt that two of the gunmen were captured by the security men that included DSS and soldiers who joined them later around the Usuma Dam, where the fire exchange took place,” he said.

FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, who confirmed the incident, said he led the rescue operation on Sunday around Ushafa-Shishipe through the Mpape hills.

Igweh said that the operation followed a distress call after an attack on some residents of Dawaki by gunmen.

“We advanced towards the assailants, tactically ambushing them at Ushafa Hill via Bwari down to Shishipe, resulting in a fierce gun battle with the hoodlums, which forced them to flee with bullet wounds and we rescued some of the abducted victims,” he said.

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Igweh further revealed that the rescued victims are in the hospital receiving medical attention.

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