Gunmen abduct four, demand N200m ransom in Abuja
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
March 24, 2021
Unknown gunmen have attacked residents of Kiyi town in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), kidnapping no fewer than four persons.
Among the kidnapped victims is Salami Olalekan, a staff of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCTA), according to sources.
The elder brother of the victim, William Salami, said the kidnappers made a demand of N200 million, N50 million for each of the victims held hostage.
He said, “The kidnappers called once, asked for N50 million ransom for one person and when they came.
“When they raided the houses, they did not carry any property, except a cooking pot, probably to be cooking in the bush.”
The other three kidnap victims are a taxi driver, a technician, and a motorcycle rider.
It was gathered that the armed men broke into Olalekan’s house through the back window. They were said to have destroyed the iron bars of the window before entering his apartment.
ASP Miriam Yusuf, the Public Relations Officer FCT Police Command, when contacted, said, “We have launched an operation to rescue the victims and apprehend the fleeing suspects.”
Rural communities of the FCT have experienced continuous abductions, with over 30 persons kidnapped in the last three months.