Bandits abduct man and his five children, shoot two policemen in Abuja

Bandits kidnap man and his five children and shoot two police officers in Abuja

Bandits shot two police officers and kidnapped seven family members in Bwari Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to Daily Trust, a middle-aged man, simply identified as Alhaji, who led the police to foil the kidnapping of the seven family members, was shot dead by the bandits.

The victims included a father, Mansoor Kadriyar and his five children.

It was gathered that the man killed by the bandits, Abdulfatai Kadriyar, was the brother of Mansoor Kadriyar.

The publication reported that in recent days bandits have invaded villages under Bwari Area Council, kidnapping and killing residents.

A resident of Bwari, Isaiah Samuel, who confirmed the incident on Friday, January 5, 2024, said the attack happened in the early hours of Wednesday when the hoodlums invaded Zuma 1 in the central district of Bwari council.

He said the bandits positioned themselves at strategic locations after identifying the house of their victims, saying the victims upon suspecting a strange sound immediately called a relative identified as Alhaji (deceased).

“It was when the man suspected a strange sound in front of his house that he immediately called his brother, popularly called Alhaji, to alert the police,” he said.

Alhaji was reportedly leading a team of police officers to the house when one of the bandits hiding around a corner shot him dead.

Samuel said the police also immediately began exchanging gunfire with the bandits, which, according to him, led to two of the officers suffering gunshot wounds.

“The bandits ended up managing to take the man and his family, because the distance between the victims' house and the place where the police attacked the bandits is great,” he added.

Samuel also recalled how the bandits, in the early hours of Tuesday, invaded Barangoni, still in the central neighborhood of Bwari, and kidnapped three people, injuring a security guard.

He appealed to council authorities to assist residents by liaising with security agents to combat incessant kidnappings in the area.

The truth is that Bwari area council is under siege because for the last two weeks, bandits have been moving from one community to another killing and kidnapping people,” he said.


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