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Abuja Communities Protest Increasing Rates of Kidnapping

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Residents of Chukuku community in Kuje Area Council of the FCT, on Thursday, protested over incessant cases of kidnapping by gunmen in the area.

City & Crime reports that the protesters blocked Kuje-Gwagwalada road in the community by setting bonfires, putting logs and benches in the middle of the road.

Residents said yesterday’s protest followed an early morning raid of the community by over 20 kidnappers who were shooting sporadically.
One woman and two men were reportedly abducted during the raid.

The residents also said farmers were kidnapped from their fields a week ago and requested for a military checkpoint along the Chikuku road leading to Kwali, which they said has been the entry point for the kidnappers. The youth leader of the community, Yakubu Danjuma, said they embarked on the protest because there was no week that passed without an incident of abduction by in the community, adding that some residents had been forced to relocate.

Danjuma further said, “In fact, just last night (Wednesday), another resident identified as Joshua was abducted by gunmen who invaded the village and shot sporadically.”

The spokesperson of the FCT police command, DSP Adeh Josephine, did not reply to an SMS sent to her about the protest up till the time of going to the press yesterday.

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