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Kidnappers strike Abuja again, abduct public servant near military base

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The high rate of insecurity in Abuja has continued as kidnappers besieged more communities, the latest being the attack on a house situated 200 metres close to a military base in Pambara, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The abducted victim is said to be a director of the Federal Housing Authority.

The kidnappers stormed the house around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday and reportedly gained access through the fence.

As of the time of filing this report, the Army had yet to comment on the incident.

This is coming days after kidnappers broke into a home in Guita community, Chikakore, Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the FCT, and kidnapped two sisters.

Chronicle NG reports that kidnapping, which was previously restricted to the North-West, has, in recent months, spread to many states and the FCT.

The kidnappers target children, youths, and families, causing panic and pain among residents.

They appear well-coordinated, operating in broad daylight, often at busy intersections or near public places such as markets and schools.

They also carry out their operations at night.

Weeks ago, kidnappers dumped the remains of four victims they executed around a former military checkpoint behind Idah Junction on the Bwari-Jere SCC Road in Kagarko LGA of Kaduna State.

Among the corpses so far identified are a secondary school student identified as the daughter of the Ekiti state-born chief legal officer of the National University Commission (NUC), Folorunsho Ariyo, and a 500-level student of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar.

While Ariyo was abducted along with her mother and three siblings two Sundays ago, Nabeeha was seized with her father and five of her female siblings on January 9.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police Force has made a significant breakthrough in the case of the abduction and murder of Nabeeha, the daughter of a Bwari-based lawyer, with the arrest of a suspected kidnapper.

In a statement on Sunday, the police announced the arrest of 28-year-old Bello Mohammed during a hotel raid in Kaduna on January 20th.

Mohammed was found with N2.25 million in cash, suspected to be part of the ransom money.

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