At least 29 persons were on Tuesday night kidnapped by gunmen in the Kwali Area Council of the nation’s capital, Abuja.
Reports say kidnappers have consistently targeted the city’s outliers but often make incursions into parts of Kubwa and Pyakasa, which are closer to the main city.
Bwari, Kuje, Gwagwalada, Kwali and Abani Area Councils are often the worst-hit, with the Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC also occasionally targeted by bandits.
However, on Tuesday night, gunmen were said to have stormed Yewuti village; the hometown of the immediate-past vice chairman of Kwali Area Council, Alhaji Zubairu Jibrin Yewuti where they raided eight houses and made away with 29 people including men, housewives and children.
Two of the victims, Mrs Zainab Umar and Mrs Aisha Zubairu, reportedly escaped from their abductors while being led into the bush.
According to reports, some of those kidnapped include Idris Mohammed, Abdullahi Zubairu, Sani S. Magani, Peter Modu, Ibrahim Mamman, Yellow Abdulrasheed, Musa Suleiman, Simbiya Ishaku, Sumaiya Ibrahim, Muktari Yunusa and Mohammed Yeluwa and Rahmat Shagari.
Others are Sumaiya Abubakar Yelwa, Mohammed Yelwa, Maimuna Muhammad, Hussaini Ya Nda Agyana, Hamza Ibrahim, Lantana Yunusa, Nabila Agyana, Rufai Salihu, Nafisa Aminu, Kasimu Adamu, Abako Adamu, Abdulyakin Aliyu, Lukman Aliyu, Rahina Audu, Abdulrazak Usman, Sadiya Usman, Darius Samuel and Japheth Osu.
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