Tension as Bandits Attack Abuja Community, Kidnap Residents

Tension as Bandits Attack Abuja Community, Kidnap Residents

  • At least 20 residents of Dawaki, a community near Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have been kidnapped
  • Bandits reportedly stormed the community and broke into about six houses to abduct residents on Sunday, May 19
  • The FCT police spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, said police operatives engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle

Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering metro and government policy

FCT, Abuja - Armed bandits have kidnapped no fewer than 20 residents of Dawaki, a community near Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The gunmen raided houses on Frank Opara Street before security operatives responded to distress calls at about 7:30pm on Sunday, May 19.

Bandits launch fresh attack on Abuja Community amid insecurity in Nigeria
FCT police spokesperson speaks on latest gunmen attack in Abuja Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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Chairman of Dawaki Rock Heaven Community, Tunde Abdulrahim, said the heavily armed bandits were about 50 in number.

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According to Daily Trust, the bandits invaded the community and broke into about six houses.

Vigilante sources said the bandits kidnapped a senior customs officer’s wife, three of his children and a younger brother in his compound.

A resident of the community said the terrorists broke into some houses at Dawaki by News Engineering (urban shelter) at Fulani junction and took some of the occupants away through the mountains in the area, Premium Times reports.

The FCT police spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, said the commissioner of police, CP Benneth Igweh, led policemen to the scene and engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle.

“Displaying remarkable bravery and coordination, the police, in synergy with local hunters, advanced on the assailants, tactically ambushing them at Ushafa Hill via Bwari and Shishipe Hills via Mpape. This led to a fierce gun duel as the hoodlums were overwhelmed by the firepower of the operatives, forcing them to scamper to safety with various degrees of bullet injuries, and the victims were rescued.”

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Adeh said one of the rescued victims is still in the hospital receiving medical attention.

Bandits invade Army Estate in Abuja, abduct 2

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that bandits also stormed the Nigeria Post Army estate in Abuja on Thursday night, January 18, and reportedly kidnapped two people.

The incident occurred around 10:00 pm in the Phase II area, where kidnappers entered the estate and abducted the wife and an in-law of Barrister Cyril Adikwu.

According to Austine John, who is a neighbour to the victim, the kidnappers came in and started shooting while they invaded the lawyer’s house and seized his wife and in-law while the barrister escaped.

Proofreading by James Ojo Adakole, journalist and copy editor at Legit.ng.

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Adekunle Dada (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Adekunle Dada is a journalist with over 5 years of working experience in the media. He has worked with PM News, The Sun and Within Nigeria before joining Legit.ng as a Politics/Current Affairs Editor. He holds a B.Sc. in Mass Communication from Lagos State University (LASU). He can be reached via adekunle.dada@corp.legit.ng.

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