Gunmen abduct seven children, housewives, warden in Abuja orphanage

Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
January 25, 2021

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Fear grips residents of Abaji Area Council of FCT as unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers stormed Rachael’s Orphanage Home and abducted seven children to an unknown destination.

The armed men equally Kidnapped a security guard identified as Joseph Mathew, including two housewives; Rukaiyyat Salihu, and Suwaiba Momoh, during the attack on Saturday.

The Nigerian Police claimed they had rescued one of the kidnap victims, it added that efforts were being intensified to ensure that the other victims still held captive are set free without any harm.

The names of the abducted orphans were given as follows: Elizabeth Andrew, Dayo Udeh, Jacob Ukpas, Melody Ijeh, Benard Itim, Issac Mathew, and Laruba Emmanuel.

Police sources said the Kidnappers invaded the orphanage and whisked away with their victims to an unknown location.

Mohammed Nurudeen, a resident of the area, who was shot in the thigh, explained that the gunmen kidnapped his wife at gunpoint and shot him as well.

He narrated, “The men came at midnight while we were sleeping and forced me to open the door threatening to kill us if we refused to obey their orders. They shot me and took away my wife. I appeal to the security agencies and the government to assist in rescuing my wife unhurt from the gang.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police, Federal Capital Territory Command said it had launched a rescue operation for the kidnappers, assuring that the victims would be released soon.

ASP Maryam Yusuf, the Police Public Relations Officer FCT Command while speaking to newsmen on Sunday, stated, “We are working hard to rescue them and apprehend the perpetrators. Already, we have rescued one of the hostages and we want to assure that the rest would also be rescued unhurt.”