Suspected bandits have kidnapped Aondo Ver, a director at the Federal Housing Authority, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), near a military base in Abuja. The incident unfolded at Pambara New Extension, merely 200 meters from a military camp and checkpoint in Bwari Central Area of FCT around 12:30 am on Thursday.
Reports indicate that the kidnappers breached the area by cutting through barbed wires and overwhelmed the local vigilante group attempting to rescue the victim, brandishing superior firearms.
In a related development, bandits have demanded a hefty N290 million ransom for the release of seven residents abducted from Kuduru, a neighboring community of Bwari Area Council in Abuja. The victims, including a pregnant woman, three children, and three adults, have been in captivity for over a month since their abduction on December 28 at the Kuduru extension.
The community leader, who chose to remain anonymous, disclosed that the bandits threatened to kill two hostages if the ransom is not paid promptly. Additionally, the abductors demanded food items, drugs, bed sheets, and cardigans as part of the conditions for the release.
“We plead with Kayode Egbetokun, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), and Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, to come to the rescue of the hostages,” urged the community leader. He expressed concerns about the deteriorating health of the captives due to harsh conditions.
Efforts to obtain clarification from the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, were unsuccessful at the time of filing this report. The incidents highlight the pressing need for concerted efforts to address security challenges in the region.Follow us on social media