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Gunmen besiege Abuja estate, abduct nine residents

NO fewer than nine residents of Grow Homes Estate along Kuchibiyi in the Kubuwa area of the Federal Capital Territory were kidnapped by gunmen after invading the estate on Friday.

The gunmen numbering about 20 were said to have stormed the estate at about 11:30 pm.

A resident of the community, who identified himself simply as Musa, told our correspondent on the phone that the victims were captured from two separate apartments in the estate.

He added that the incident had caused panic in the community.

Musa said: “Yesterday, at about 11:30 pm, some gunmen in their large numbers came to carry out an operation at Grow Homes Estate along Kuchibiyi.

“We heard the sounds of gunshots and there was panic in the entire community as a result of the incident. “This morning, we went to the estate and we learnt that the gunmen were about 20 in number.

“They moved from one apartment to the other dispossessing people of their belongings.

“They also kidnapped at least nine persons including children and women from two apartments in the estate.

“They escaped through the bush that links the community to Paze village.

“The police and the estate security have been searching the bush since morning to see if they can rescue the kidnapped residents.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for the police in Abuja, SP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident.

She added that the police and the estate security men were combing the bushes in the area to ensure the victims were rescued.

Adeh said: “Upon receipt of the distress call, we immediately deployed our men to the scene. The suspects however abruptly suspended their operation and took some victims with them into the bush.

“Operatives of the Police and the estate security are still combing the bushes in the area to ensure they are rescued unhurt.”

She urged residents of the area not to panic, calling on them to help the police with credible information that could lead to the arrest of the invaders.

“We urge the residents to remain calm and assist with useful information that could lead to the swift arrest of these criminals,” Adeh said.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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