Gunmen Kidnap Chief Imam, 2 Sons In Abuja

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A 59-year-old of Yangoji Central Mosque in Kwali Area Council, Abuja, Abdullahi Abubakar Gbedako and his sons, Aliyu Usman Abubakar, 22 and Ibrahim Abubakar, 11, have been kidnapped from their home.

A neighbour, simply identified as Shuaibu, told Daily Trust Newspaper the incident happened on Friday, around 11:47 pm when the abducted, in their large numbers, wielding weapons invaded the religious leader’s house in the community.

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According to him, some of the gang members set up shop in strategic locations, shooting into the air, while three others scaled the victim’s home’s fence.

“They shot and destroyed both the front and back doors before breaking into the ’s room and kidnapping him and his two sons,” he said.

He claimed the kidnappers shot for nearly 30 minutes inside the victim’s compound before fleeing with their victims out of the neighborhood.

A family member of the chief imam, who preferred anonymity, disclosed that a contact has been established, which he said the kidnappers are demanding for N10 million ransom.

When contacted, DSP Adeh Josephine, a spokesperson for the FCT police command, confirmed the imam and his two sons had been kidnapped.

She stated that, while the investigation was ongoing, police and vigilantes were working to save the victims.

“The FCT police commissioner, CP Sunday Babaji, also urges members of Yangoji community to remain calm and provide any information that will help the police in arresting the suspects,” she said.



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