Tension in Abuja as Bandits Intensify Attacks on Bwari, Kill One

Tension in Abuja as Bandits Intensify Attacks on Bwari, Kill One

  • Bandits have invaded Bwari in the FCT, Abuja, kidnapping seven family members, while two policemen sustained bullet injuries
  • Legit.ng gathered that a middle-aged man, simply identified as Alhaji, who led policemen to foil the kidnapping of the seven family members, was shot dead by the bandits
  • Residents complain that in recent days, bandits have been invading villages under Bwari Area Council, abducting and killing citizens

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9-year-experience covering security matters

FCT, Abuja - Two police officers have sustained bullet injuries, while seven family members have been reportedly abducted by armed gangs known as bandits in Nigeria’s federal capital territory (FCT).

The bandits intensified attacks on villages under Bwari Area Council in the past two weeks.

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Northern Nigeria has become increasingly violent. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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Bandits launch ceaseless attacks on Bwari

As reported by Daily Trust on Friday, January 5, a man, simply identified as 'Alhaji', who led policemen to foil the abduction of the seven family members, was shot dead by the bandits.

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The newspaper reported that in recent days, bandits had been invading Bwari, abducting and killing residents.

A resident of Bwari, Isaiah Samuel, disclosed that the latest incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday, January 3, when the bandits invaded Zuma 1 in Bwari central ward of the council.

The terrorists were said to have positioned themselves at strategic places after they had identified their victims’ houses. Upon suspecting a strange sound, a resident immediately called a relation identified as Alhaji (deceased).

Alhaji was said to be leading a team of police to the house when one of the bandits who had laid ambush shot him dead.

It was learnt that police officers exchanged fire with the outlaws, leading to two of the officers sustaining gunshot wounds.

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Samuel said:

“The bandits eventually succeeded in whisking away the man and his family members, because the distance from the victims’ house to where the police engaged the bandits is far.”

Also on Tuesday, January 2, bandits reportedly invaded Barangoni, still in Bwari central ward and abducted three persons, while injuring a vigilante member.

When contacted, DSP Josephine Adeh, the spokesperson of the FCT police command, promised to get back to provide an update (if there is any) on the latest Bwari attack.

Bandits abduct Kubwa residents

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that bandits attacked the Zone 5 segment of the Kubwa Extension II Relocation Estate along Arab Road in the FCT.

A woman and her three children were reportedly kidnapped — including a six-month-old baby.

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Legit.ng also reported that a total of four individuals lost their lives, and 39 were abducted during an attack by bandits on Kuduru village in the Bwari.

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The assailants also targeted Garam and Azu communities in the neighbouring Niger state.

Gunmen kill 1 in Abuja community

Meanwhile, gunmen have killed one person and kidnapped 12 people, including a 9-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl in Gbaupe, a rural village behind ACO Estate, Lugbe, along the Abuja Airport Road.

A villager said two of those abducted escaped as they were being taken into the bush behind the village.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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