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Bandits kill 1, abduct 4 in Abuja

 

In the early hours of Sunday, bandits abducted four individuals from the Guto and Piyawe communities in Bwari Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.


According to a report by TheAUTHORITY, the attack, which occurred around 12:30 AM, resulted in the tragic death of a woman and the abduction of four residents.


According to local sources, two groups of assailants, numbering over 30, infiltrated the area, surrounding the communities and forcibly entering homes.


Eyewitnesses reported that the attackers arrived through the swamps into Piyawe, before moving to Guto and Piyawe, where they kidnapped a man and fatally shot a woman in her mid-forties, identified only as Madam Alice.


She had been visiting her ailing mother in Bwari when she was killed.


The bandits abducted two individuals from their homes in Guto and another from Tudun-Fulani, which is less than a kilometer from the council’s headquarters.


Residents recounted the harrowing two-hour ordeal, during which the attackers operated unchallenged by security forces.


One anonymous resident described the terrifying experience: “We couldn’t sleep from 12:30 AM to almost 3 AM. Initially, we thought it was vigilantes, but the persistent gunfire made us realize it was bandits. We have had peace for a while, but this attack was well-coordinated, with two groups hitting Guto and Piyawe simultaneously. The weapons they used were sophisticated.”


Another resident from Tudun-Fulani criticized the police response, alleging that despite numerous calls to the Bwari divisional headquarters, no security forces arrived to confront the bandits.


“We felt helpless. The kidnappers operated for over an hour without any police or military intervention. Despite repeated calls, the police failed to show up,” he said.


This incident is part of a series of attacks that have plagued Bwari Area Council this year. Earlier, a 400-level student of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, and 13-year-old Folashade Ariyo were kidnapped in separate attacks in Bwari and Dutse, respectively. Both victims were subsequently killed when their release could not be secured in time.


 

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