Bandits storm Abuja community, abduct ex-PDP chairman, 22 others

Bandits numbering around 40 have invaded the Kawu Community in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The gunmen, who stormed the hamlet in the early hours of Thursday, kidnapped Alhassan Sidi Kawu, the former Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Federal Capital Territory, and 22 other people.

The Kawu village shares borders with Kaduna and Niger states.

Abdulmumini Zakari, the councillor representing the community and the council’s Deputy Speaker, informed reporters that the gunmen arrived on Wednesday from the Kuyeri Forest in Kaduna state.

He stated that the gunmen’s victims included the wife and son of the District Head, Alhaji Abdurrahman Danjuma Ali, as well as a former Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and his four children.

“They divided themselves into groups and some went into the palace of the District Head, Alhaji Abdurrahman Danjuma Ali, where they abducted his son, Lukman, and his wife, who he married two weeks ago. Others attacked the compound of Alhaji Alhassan Sidi Kawu, the Marafa of Kawu and a former PDP Chairman of Kawu Ward. They abducted him along with his four children.”

The bandits also reportedly went into the compound of Sarkin Pawan Kawu, Gambo Pawa, and abducted him alongside his two wives and some children.

Efforts to reach the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, proved abortive as she did not respond to phone calls or texts from our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

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