Bandits said to number around 40 stormed the Kawu community in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday and abducted 23 people.
Chronicle NG reports that Kawu shares boundaries with Niger and Kaduna states.
Speaking about the development, the councillor representing the area, Abdulmumini Zakari, who is the deputy speaker in the council, said the gunmen arrived in the community on Wednesday from the Kuyeri Forest in Kaduna State.
He explained, “They divided themselves into groups, and some went into the palace of the district head, Abdurrahman Ali, where they abducted his son, Lukman, and his wife, whom he married two weeks ago.
“Others attacked the compound of Alhassan Kawu, the Marafa of Kawu, and a former PDP Chairman of Kawu Ward. They abducted him along with his four children.”
He further revealed that the bandits also went into the compound of the Sarkin Pawan Kawu, Gambo Pawa, and abducted him alongside his two wives and some children.
The FCT Police Command spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Thursday night, while noting that the assailants raided the area and escaped into Kaduna State.
“Some hoodlums stormed Kawu village, a border community with Kagarko LGA, in Kaduna State, and kidnapped people. The truth is that the miscreants raided that general area and escaped into Kaduna State,” she said.
This incident came barely 24 hours after 85 people were said to have been abducted by terrorists at Katari along the Kaduna-Abuja highway near Katari, in the Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Similarly, 11 people were kidnapped in the Sagwari Estate Layout, in the Dutse-Alhaji area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, after gunmen reportedly dressed as military men invaded the community on Sunday.