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BANDITS RAID ORPHANAGE, ABDUCT ORPHANS AND WORKERS IN ABUJA

Bandits have abducted at least seven orphans and three workers in an orphanage in the Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.


The gunmen struck the orphanage about 1 a.m on Saturday, 23rd January 2021.


The attack occurred barely 24 hours after operatives of the anti-kidnapping Joint Taskforce (JTF) were withdrawn from the areas.


The anti-kidnapping Joint Taskforce (JTF) were withdrawn between Thursday and Friday last week by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the FCT Command of the Nigerian Police over shortage of funds.


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The abducted orphans are Jacob Ukpas, Melody Ijeh, Bernard Itim, Isaac Matthew, Elizabeth Andrew, Dayo Udeh and Laruba Emmanuel.


Also abducted are workers identified as Rukayyat Salihu, Suwaiba Momoh, Momoh Jimoh and the security guard, Joseph Matthew.


Eons Intelligence gathered that the heavily armed gunmen stormed the orphanage in large numbers, forced the gate open, and went straight to the dormitory.


Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said it has launched a manhunt operation to apprehend the perpetrators and rescue the victims. 


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It said a crack team of detectives was deployed in the general area to track the fleeing gunmen, adding that one of the orphans was rescued.


Police Public Relations Officer, Mariam Yusuf, said more police detectives were deployed to aid the rescuing.


“All the persons kidnapped, including the children, all of them are eight.


“However, we were able to rescue one person and effort is still ongoing to rescue the others.


“As I speak, we have made heavy deployment already in place. We have also made an additional deployment to ensure that we rescue and reunite the children with their handlers,” she said.


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