No fewer than four family members were kidnapped after gunmen invaded the Shadadi community in Kuje Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in the wee hours of Wednesday.
Some community residents told journalists that the incident happened at about 1:00 a.m. after the suspected kidnappers had shot sporadically into the air.
A relative to those kidnapped, who preferred anonymity, said that the gunmen numbering 10 forcefully gained entrance into the house after shooting sporadically into the air and pulling down the widow burglary.
“Immediately they entered at about 1:00.a.m., they told everybody in the house to lie down with each of them pointing their guns at each member of the family.
“The next thing they did was that they demanded a bag in the house, and when one of the family members brought a bag, they rejected it and ordered a particular one.
“The family member went inside the room and brought another bag that they accepted and abducted the husband, one of his daughters, his brother and his sister-in-law,” he said.
Joy Adogo, a community resident and a neighbour to the family, expressed shock over the incident.
She said several gunmen were all over the environment while about 10 were inside the house.
“They were numbering about 30 when I saw them going through my window, and it was not actually a good experience.
“My appeal is for the police to step in to ensure their safe release,” she said.
A team of policemen from the Kuje Divisional Headquarters was seen at the incident scene to inspect the area.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, Josephine Adeh, said she had not been briefed.