Security Threat: Anxiety Grows in Abuja Council Area as Fear of Attack by Gunmen Looms

Security Threat: Anxiety Grows in Abuja Council Area as Fear of Attack by Gunmen Looms

  • In recent times, Abuja has become a target for terrorist groups as the news of planned attacks has been circulating
  • Most recent is the information of a planned attack by unknown gunmen that has reached the people in Bwari Area Council
  • This development has led to a series of questions in the minds of the residents of the area, who wonder if they are truly safe in their abode or if they should vacate their homeland

PAY ATTENTION: How media literate are you? Click to take a quiz – bust fake news with!

There is palpable fear in Bwari Area Council as residents are unsure of the protection of lives and property within the axis.

Bwari Area Council, particularly Council Headquarter, Bwari, and its sister community Ushafa, have recently come under heavy attacks by gunmen who have either kidnapped their victims for ransom or killed them for attempting to raise an alarm.

Bwari Area Council, Abuja, FCT, Boko Haram, gunmen attack
Residents panic over planned attack by gunmen in Abuja. Photo credit: Abuja, Nigeria
Source: Facebook

Only last year, the presidential guards were attacked in the area by terrorists who were allegedly attempting to invade the Nigerian Law School in the axis. No few than seven soldiers and the vigilante head of the area council were killed in the ambush that was laid.

A pastor was also beheaded in the area by some unknown gunmen who invaded his church in the dead of the night. The pastor whose name wasn't revealed at press time, was said to be a serious threat to the gunmen around the axis due to the constant light in his church located on top of a mountain.

PAY ATTENTION: Share your outstanding story with our editors! Please reach us through!

Only a few days ago, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers stormed back of the LGEA Primary School and left with two persons after killing the man who raised the alarm on their invasion.

The DPO of Bwari Area Council declined to comment when reporters reached out to him, but DSP Josephine Adeh, the police public relations officer of the FCT command, while confirming the report, said men of the force were after the gunmen.

Adeh identified the man killed as Benjamin Ogundare, and the two others that were kidnapped as Goodluck Ogundare and Janet Ogundare.

Ushafa community no longer sleeps

Communities have expressed fear over incessant attacks by bandits and kidnappers in the area.

A local security man at Adefemi, told that there are concerns and worries among residents over the complete absence of support by the police.

According to him, the effort of the local vigilantes in providing intelligence will amount to nothing if there is no support from the police.

The man, who does not want his name in print due to the sensitivity of the matter, said police often fail to show up when an alarm is raised.

He said:

"Last time when those boys came in the night to rob residents, we called the police for support and we were told that only one officer was in the outpost here in Ushafa. The officer said she could not abandon her duty post and had no weapon for support.
" So that night, they visited a few houses and left with valuables."

He lamented that criminals have suddenly noticed poor security in the area and have now invited kidnappers to take residents.

We have resorted to self-help - Community leader

A leader in Zone C community in Ushafa, identified as Mr Anthony, told that they have resolved to self-help following the ongoing development. He said almost all communities in Ushafa have resorted to self-help considering the fact that no help is coming from any quarter, when there is an emergency.

Mr Anthony said:

"The situation got so bad that we have now beefed up local security around the community. Our security men may not be that sophisticated but we are doing our best to checkmate unnecessary movements in and around the community.

"Since the kidnapping incident at the back of primary school, we have recorded other cases of armed robberies and burglaries."

Faulting the claims by the police that they went after the criminals who killed a man at the back of the primary school and left with two of his family members, the community leader said:

"If the police are claiming that upon sighting them, the criminals escaped on the other side of the hills and the rocks, how then did the criminals succeed in leaving with the man's family members? Isn't that claim funny?
"I want to clear it to you that the police only came to the scene the next day. They did not respond when they were informed about the incident. They only came around the next day and drove around the community. No raid, nothing."

Police failed to respond

But when reached out to the Divisional Police Officer of the Bwari Area Council, Charles Orisakwe, he chose not to comment, saying only the command's public relations officer can respond to questions on the matter.

Terror alert: UK gives update on terrorists plan to attack Abuja, lists 12 states to avoid

In an earlier report by, the United Kingdom has updated its travel advisory in Nigeria, stating that it no longer advises against all but essential travel to Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) gave the update in the travel advisory posted on its website on Monday, November 7.

Though the UK authorities said British nationals could travel to Abuja, it warned that the risks of travelling to the capital city remain.


Online view pixel