Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted 22 farmers and burned down two tractors in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The incidents happened around 2pm on Thursday at Rafin-Daji community, Gurdi ward of Abaji Area Council of Abuja.
Rafin-Daji shares boundary with Zago community in Niger State. Both communities are connected through river Gurara.
Saidu Yakubu, a farmer, who spoke to our source said bandits heavily armed with 47 rifles attacked farmers that were cultivating their lands in the community.
Yakubu said the bandits shot sporadically into the air before whisking away the farmers and burning down two tractors on a large farm land in the community.
“It was only God that saved me as I managed to escape when the bandits were shooting into the air,” he said.
According to him,13 family members, were among the 22 abducted including two females, who were working on separate farm lands when the bandits swopped on them.
He gave the names of the family members as Ismaila Barde, Mustapha Barde, Nasiru Barde, Abdulkarim Barde, Sanusi Barde, Usman, Barde, Nura Barde, Abdullahi Barde, Babawo Barde, Farida Ayuba, Hauwa Ayuba and Hussaini Abdullahi.
However, the district head of Gurdi Chiefdom, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, confirmed to our source on the abduction of farmers and burning of tractors through telephone on Friday, also said his people were under siege as bandits usually invade his chiefdom through Niger state.
Mohammed said he had reported the latest kidnap incident to the police and also the authorities of Abaji area council.
Meanwhile the spokesman of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, ASP Oduniyi Omotayo, while confirming the attack, said efforts were ongoing to rescue the victims and bring perpetrators to book.
“Upon receipt of the information, a combined team of police officers from various tactical and intelligence units of the command, hunters, vigilantes, hunters stormed the forest and combed it aggressively,” he said.