Nigeria’s worsening insecurity continues unabated as gunmen have allegedly abducted twenty persons around the Zuma rock area in Niger state on the outskirts of Abuja. Victims include include public workers and traders who were returning to their respected homes on the outskirt of the Capital around 8:00pm on Tuesday October 8, when they ran into the gunmen who were dressed in military camouflage, close to a military check point in the area. The abductors marched their victims into the bush and released nine of them after screening them. Reports have it that some of the attackers were dressed in military uniform and armed with guns, while others were dressed in civilian cloth, holding machetes and other local arms.
The Police Area Commander of Suleja, ACP Isa Rambo, confirmed the incident, adding that he is unaware that some victims were still in the abductors’ custody.
Meanwhile, a source at Wuse market, Abuja, confirmed to Daily Trust that three of their traders, who were kidnapped during the incident, are still with their abductors.
The source also confirmed to Daily Trust that a communication channel has since been established between the abductors and relatives of the victims, as they were demanding ransoms before releasing the victims.