Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Civil defense officer, 8 others, kidnapped in Pegi

At least nine persons including a 12 year old boy and an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps were kidnapped in Pegi community in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

The victims were kidnapped around 8:00pm while on their way home, when their vehicle was attacked by gunmen dressed in military camouflage.

The attack left a number of persons critically injured including another NSCDC officer.

The chairman of Pegi Community Development  Association,

Taiwo Aderibigbe, who confirmed the kidnap said the attack has left the community in fear.

He said the local vigilante that witnessed the abduction revealed that the kidnappers who were dressed in military camouflage, immediately  took the kidnapped victims into the bush.

A victim who was released on health ground said the attackers could not be less than 20.

Aderigbigbe told The Abuja Inquirer in a telephone interview that the kidnappers had called demanding N10 million ransom from a relative of the abductees.

The community head however commended the FCT police commissioner, Adam Ciroma, for his prompt response.

He said police men were in the community tracking every lead left by the kidnappers.

This is the second time kidnapping incident would happen in the community.

It would be recalled that in 2018, four people were kidnapped along the same makeshift path to the community that housed naval quarters. A naval officer and one civilian were seriously injured at the scene which is less than 300 metres to the community in the December 6, 2018 incident.

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