- The rate of kidnappings in northern Nigeria has reached a frightening dimension
- On a daily basis, people are being abducted in their homes, places of work, and on highways
- The situation is now becoming frequent in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
A report by Daily Trust indicates that kidnappers have abducted five siblings in Pegi community in Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
According to the report, the kidnapped siblings are Jubril Abdullateef (22), Sherifat Abdullateef (20), Muyidat Abdullateef (13), Nura Abdullateef (18), and Nahimat Abdullateef (9).
They were said to have been kidnapped around 11:00 pm on Monday, November 16 when the gunmen invaded their house in an estate.
A neighbour quoted in the report said:
“Their father was not at home as he went to pass the night with his second wife in another house when the gunmen invaded the house.
“And as their mother tried to alert neighbours, the gunmen snatched her phone and ordered her and her five children to walk out of the house.”
He said the gunmen operated for over 20 minutes without firing a shot and that before policemen from the Pegi outpost and naval officers arrived at the scene, the gunmen had escaped with the children.
Spokesman of Pegi Community Development Association, Oyedeji Oyetunji, confirmed the incident, saying,
“In fact, that is the situation we are now facing in Pegi, as some gunmen came quietly into one of our neighbours’ house and abducted five brothers.”
When contacted, the spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, said:
“Just hold on, we are going to issue a press release regarding the incident.”
Daily Trust is now reporting that the kidnappers have contacted the family and have demanded N30 million ransom before the victims will be set free.
A relative of the victims’ family, who preferred anonymity, said the family members have been able to establish contact with the kidnappers, and they demanded the said ransom.
According to him, the kidnappers used the phone they seized from the mother of the five children to communicate with one of the closest relatives of the victim's family.
Recall that at least 15 people were killed on Sunday, November 15 and many others abducted when kidnappers blocked the Kaduna-Abuja expressway around 5 pm.
The incident happened around Gidan Busa, a village not far away from Rijana, which is 133 kilometres from Abuja.
It was gathered that nearly 20 vehicles were forced to stop at the bushy and sloppy location when the gunmen laid siege.
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