Bandits invade Abuja, burn tractors, abduct 22 farmers

Bandits on Thursday invaded communities on the outskirts of the federal capital territory, Abuja burning two tractors and abducting 22 farmers.

According to Daily Trust report, the incidents happened at Rafin-Daji community, Gurdi ward of Abaji Area Council of Abuja which shares boundary with Zago community in Niger State.

Saidu Yakubu, a farmer, who escaped the attack told the publication that the incident happened around 2pm on Thursday.

According to him, the bandits wielding AK -47 rifles attacked farmers that were cultivating their lands in the community, shot sporadically into the air before whisking away the farmers and burning down two tractors on a large farmland in the community.

13 family members, he said, were among the 22 abducted victims.

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He gave the names of the family members as Ismaila Barde, Mustapha Barde, Nasiru Barde, Abdulkarim Barde, Sanusi Barde, Usman, Barde, Nura Barde, Abdullahi Barde, Babawo Barde, Farida Ayuba, Hauwa Ayuba, and Hussaini Abdullahi.

He said the 13 family members, including two females, were working on separate farmlands when the bandits swopped on them.

“It was only God that saved me as I managed to escape when the bandits were shooting into the air,” he said.

The district head of Gurdi Chiefdom, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, confirmed the abduction of farmers and burning of tractors to the publication on Friday, but said he was yet to ascertain the number of the abducted farmers.

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The district head said his people were under siege as bandits usually invade his chiefdom through Niger state.

Bala said he had reported the latest kidnap incident to the police and also the authorities of Abaji area council.

Confirming the attacks, a spokesman of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, ASP Oduniyi Omotayo, said efforts were ongoing to rescue the victims and bring perpetrators to book.

“Upon receipt of the information, a combined team of police officers from various tactical and intelligence units of the command, hunters, vigilantes, hunters stormed the forest and combed it aggressively,” he said.

He further stated that monitoring and surveillance of the community was also ongoing.

With Daily Trust report

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