- Some areas in the Federal Capital Territory are witnessing high rates of kidnapping
- Residents say they now return home before 7 pm due to the activities of the unknown gunmen
- They also complained that the police personnel manning several estates are not enough
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A report by Daily Trust indicates that some residents of Life Camp area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have raised alarm over increasing cases of kidnapping in the area.
The residents mostly living in Manreng, Winning Clause, Canaan, Dabo, Lias, Kingstown and Katsina Estates all located in the area,
According to the residents, they now return to their houses before 7 pm for fear of being waylaid by the gunmen.
One of the presidents of the Estates Residents’ Association who spoke on the condition of anonymity said two of the victims reside in Katsina Estate.
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He said armed men take advantage of a sharp bend and bushes between Dabo and Katsina Estates to waylay residents, and shoot at motorists to force them to stop and kidnap them.
His words: “We have had two cases, one was like a month ago, one of us was kidnapped and he paid ransom before he was released.
“He was going to his estate at about 11 pm. He saw eight armed men at the bend and they started shooting at him, he stopped and was kidnapped.”
He said the nearest police station is the Life Camp Divisional Police headquarters but lamented that police outposts within the estates are understaffed.
Earlier this year, four kidnap victims were successfully rescued from kidnappers at Sauni Hills, Lambata, a community in the outskirts of the FCT.
This was revealed in a statement by the spokesman of the FCT police command, DSP Anjuguri Menzah on Monday, February 10.
The statement further revealed that the rescue of the victims was under a special operation launched by police operatives from the FCT command.
The statement also acknowledged the role of vigilantes in the area for assisting the police during the operation.
Meanwhile, armed men suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday, July 30, returned to Abuja-Kaduna expressway and abducted an unspecified number of travellers. The incident happened as many Muslim faithfuls travel to spend time with their loved ones for the Sallah festivities.
Mohammed Lawan, who escaped the attack, said the kidnappers attacked travellers heading to Kaduna around 8:50 am.
“We were not more than 250 meters to the point when we took a detour after sighting them. I sighted a Honda CRV 98 Model with its doors wide open and without anybody in it, an indication that they abducted the occupants.
“We then heard several gunshots when a helicopter in camouflage livery hovered around the area,” he said.
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