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Bandits invade Abuja community, abduct four, demand N200 million ransom

Bandits have raided residents of Kiyi town in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), abducting at least four persons, including Mr Salami Olalekan, a staff of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCTA).

Communities outside the Abuja city area have witnessed incessant kidnappings, with over 30 people abducted in the last three months.

The kidnappers, numbering about 12, did not take away any property except a cooking pot.

William Salami, elder brother of the victim, said the kidnappers made a demand of N200 million, N50 million for each hostage.

According to William, “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 victims are a motorcycle rider, a technician and a taxi driver.

Sources said that the bandits broke into Olalekan’s house through the back window, destroying the iron bars of the window before gaining access into his apartment.

When contacted, the FCT Police Command Spokesperson, ASP Miriam Yusuf, said: “Four persons were kidnapped. We have launched an operation to rescue the victims and apprehend the fleeing suspects.”

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