Gunmen abduct FCTA staff, 14 others in Abuja

No fewer than 15 persons including a staff member of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, were abducted by gunmen at the 1,000 Housing Estate along Pegi community in the Kuje Area Council of the FCT on Sunday.

According to reports, the gunmen stormed the estate at about 11:30 pm on Sunday, shot sporadically, and abducted persons returning home from work.

The chairman of the Pegi Residents Association, Taiwo Aderibigbe, disclosed the development to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, adding that among the persons abducted is a staff of the FCT Department of Development Control under the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.

Aderibigbe said, “Gunmen abducted 15 persons along the abandoned 14 kilometres Pegi road, out of those kidnapped is one Shuaibu Musa, a staff with the FCTA.

“We also observed that the husband of the woman who sells second-hand clothes at the main entrance to the estate was among the people kidnapped while they were returning from work.

“The kidnappers have not contacted the families of those abducted at the moment, but we are still trying to identify other residents abducted.”

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh did not respond to inquiries about the incident as of press time, despite telephone calls, SMS, and WhatsApp messages sent by our correspondent.

Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, following an inquiry by journalists on Tuesday, the Director, the FCT Department of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima said, “The kidnap incident is true, one of our drivers, Shuaibu Musa, was among the abductees, and he is yet to be released.”

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