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Protest as gunmen kidnap five children in Kuje

ABOUT two weeks after being kidnapped by gunmen, five children of the chairman of Yoruba community in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have still not been seen, Pan-Afenifere community, has said. 



According to report, the kidnapped siblings are Jubril Abdullateef (22), Sherifat Abdullateef (20), Muyidat Abdullateef (13), Nura Abdullateef (18), and Nahimat Abdullateef (9). They were said to have been kidnapped around 11:00 pm on Monday, November 16 when the gunmen invaded their house in an estate. 

They were said to have been kidnapped around 11:00 pm on Monday, November 16 when the gunmen invaded their house in an estate. 

A neighbor quoted in the report said: “Their father was not at home as he went to pass the night with his second wife in another house when the gunmen invaded the house. 

 “And as their mother tried to alert neighbors, the gunmen snatched her phone and ordered her and her five children to walk out of the house.” 

He said the gunmen operated for over 20 minutes without firing a shot and that before policemen from the Pegi outpost and naval officers arrived at the scene, the gunmen had escaped with the children. 

Spokesman of Pegi Community Development Association, Oyedeji Oyetunji, confirmed the incident, saying, “In fact, that is the situation we are now facing in Pegi, as some gunmen came quietly into one of our neighbors’ house and abducted five brothers.” 

When contacted, the spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, said: “Just hold on, we are going to issue a press release regarding the incident.” 

The chairman, Elders Council of Yoruba Community in Abuja, Wale Adesina, led the organization to a protest in Abuja on Saturday, December 5. 

According to him, the organization had reported to the police and would donate money to assist the distraught family of the victims in whatever capacity they could. 

He said plans had reached advanced stage to fortify the organization in Abuja by coming up with a constitution and electing executive committee to pilot the affairs of members. 

Adesina said, “We are here because of the recent happening in Abuja concerning our members. The five children of our chairman in Kuje area council were kidnapped on November 17 in the night. 

“It is now two weeks and four days. We had to discuss how to raise some money to assist the family. Secondly, we are here to review our situation because we do not have a standing constitution.” 


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