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  • Updated: May 20, 2024

Abuja: Gunmen kidnap customs officer’s pregnant wife, other family members

Abuja: Gunmen kidnap customs officer’s pregnant wife, othe

Gunmen suspected of being bandits reportedly abducted the pregnant wife of a Nigeria Customs Service senior official, as well as four other family members, at Shagari Quarters, Dei-Dei, an Abuja suburb.

Vigilante sources confirmed this to Daily Post, disclosing that the abduction occurred on Sunday.

Allnews.ng gathered when Daily Post contacted the Customs Service spokesperson, Abdullahi Maiwada, on Monday, he stated that he was ignorant of the occurrence.

"I just heard about the incident," Maiwada stated.

It was revealed that the gunmen came into the region about midday and went directly to the senior Customs officer's compound, where they took up his wife, three children, and a younger sibling.

“They spent more than two hours before proceeding to the neighbouring Dakwa community.

“The man used to work in Abuja, with the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) always parking around his house. But they are no longer around following his deployment to Lagos, though his family is still living in the compound,” a vigilante source told the Daily Post. 

Allnews.ng learnt that the attackers eventually freed the officer's wife, who was claimed to be significantly pregnant. However, they departed with his children and younger brother.

Meanwhile, Inspector Adabo Mohammed has been fired by the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, for allegedly taking part in abduction and robbery in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

This was revealed in a statement released on Friday by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer.

He said that the discharged officer was part of an armed robbery group that had robbed a victim in the capital city's Gwagwalada neighbourhood of N29.8 million.

The statement said that Mohammed was a member of the group that abducted Ikechukwu Emmanuel Okafor in the Tunga Manje region and demanded a ransom of N4.4 million, according to the results of the investigation.

"One Inspector Adabo Mohammed was dismissed for the offences of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery/kidnapping, and corrupt practice," the announcement said in part.

The discharged officer belonged to an armed robbery group that also kidnapped Ikechukwu Emmanuel Okafor in Tunga Manje and collected a ransom of N4.4 million. The gang stole N29.8 million from a victim in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory.

"Therefore, the ex-officer has been charged in court."

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