Crime and Security

48 hours after security red alert, gunmen kidnap dozen in Abuja community attack

48 hours after security red alert, gunmen kidnap dozen in Abuja community attack


Barely 48 hours after a circular raised the alarm that the Boko Haram terrorist group was planning to attack the nation’s capital, 12 persons were, Thursday, kidnapped in an Abuja community by gunmen.

The yet-to-be-identified gunmen stormed Tungar Maje village of Gwagwalada Local Government Area in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and kidnapped the persons.

Residents, of the area said the gunmen stormed the community in the early hours of and after shooting sporadically, abducted about 12 persons.

The gunmen were said to have freed seven out of the 12 initially kidnapped persons following a gun duel with the police officers and members of the community’s vigilante group.

The spokesperson of the FCT police command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, who confirmed the attack, said efforts are being made to rescue the remaining five kidnapped victims.

“The command wishes to inform the public that when it received a distress call on the kidnap of some persons on September 10, 2020, at about 0130hrs in Tungan Maje, a village bordering FCT and Niger state, a joint team of police operatives from the command Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Rapid Response Squad and Zuba Police Division responded swiftly.

“During a fierce gun confrontation with the heavily armed hoodlums, the police team successfully rescued five of the kidnapped victims.”Manzah said.

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