Tragic! Bandits kill nursing mother, her mum in Abuja after 10 years of barrenness

All efforts made by the security operatives to tackle the deteriorating security crisis in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, have failed as killings and abductions of residents have continued.

 

The blood-thirsty goons, who have been causing mayhem in the nation’s capital city, recently intensified their unprovoked attacks on residents.

 

Although the security operatives recently recorded successes in the battle against terrorism in the city by rescuing kidnapping victims and arresting suspects, that some of the unfortunate attacks are underreported.

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On Thursday, the family members of Simon Igba, an officer of the Nigeria Police Force, were thrown into agony following the killing of his wife, Christiana Igba and his mother-in-law, Maria Agbo.

 

It was gathered on Saturday that the dreaded gunmen kidnapped Christiana and her mother in the Dei-Dei area of the capital city about two weeks ago.

 

Mrs Maria was on a postnatal visit to her daughter, Christiana, who recently gave birth after being childless since she tied the knot with her husband, Igba, about ten years ago.

 

The bandits had invaded their residence near the Mopol Barracks, Dei-Dei, hacked the husband to coma and whisked away Christiana, her mother and the one-month-old baby to an unknown destination.

 

One of the neighbours, Adejor Jacob, who narrated the incident to DAILY POST on Saturday, said the abductors had demanded N90 million ransom prior to the murder of the victims.

 

According to him, “The late Christiana gave birth recently after being barren for more than ten years. Her mother came to Abuja from Benue State for the postnatal and to celebrate with the family over the newborn.

 

“The kidnappers earlier asked the husband to pay N90 million ransom as the only condition to release his wife and his mother-in-law.

 

“A day before they were killed, the kidnappers contacted the husband and they both negotiated and settled for N10 million.

 

“The kidnappers asked him to make the money available before 10 am the following day, which was last Thursday.

 

“Before the agreed time, the kidnappers called the husband to inform him that the one-month-old baby was ill.

 

“There was another victim that the kidnappers released that day so they gave her the baby and asked her to take the newborn to a hospital.

 

“The kidnappers gave her the phone number of the baby’s father and asked her to call when she got to the hospital.

 

“The woman did as she was instructed. The hospital called Igba and he went there and recovered his baby. After a few hours, we received a report that Christiana and her mother had been killed.

 

“Their lifeless bodies were dumped and some police officers went there to recover them. They have been deposited at the Kubwa General Hospital.”

 

When our correspondent visited the area on Saturday, it was gathered that the residents who are still in shock over the unprecedented murder, are living in fear.

 

According to a resident who does not want to be mentioned, “many people are relocating from Dei-Dei due to security issues in the area.

 

“There has been a series of kidnappings and killings in this place since January but most of the incidents are not captured by the media.”

 

Meanwhile, the daredevil terrorists have been on a rampage, terrorizing some areas in the territory, including Kawu, Gaba, Dei-dei, Kubwa Hills, Ushafa, Bwari, Mpape, Kubwa, Lugbe, Pyakasa, Keti, Gbaupe, Gbaukuchi, and Airport Road, among others.

 

Earlier last week, reports emerged that over 200 violent attacks have been recorded across all six area councils of the FCT since President Bola Tinubu assumed office on May 29, 2023.

 

It was gathered that at least 89 residents of the nation’s capital had been killed by the terrorists, while 176 were kidnapped within the period.

 

This has instilled palpable fear and anxiety in residents, particularly those residing in the satellite areas.

 

Nightlife, especially in the Bwari Area Council, has drastically diminished as most residents desert the streets before nightfall.

 

Some schools and businesses were recently shut down over fear of attacks by the pitiless kidnappers.

 

Elder Ben Ijeoche, a security expert, disclosed on Saturday that until the Federal Government and the National Assembly agree to establish state police, the security crisis may continue.

 

He said, “We have been saying this but it looks like there is nobody to listen. The National Assembly should amend the 1999 Constitution accordingly to enable each of the 36 states and the FCT to establish their own police force.

 

“This will help reduce the issue we are facing right now. When you mobilize an officer from Abuja to Plateau, the officer will be limited in discharging their duties because they don’t know the place very well.

 

“Someone who has lived in the crisis area for a long time should be able to know how to tackle the challenges better. The person wearing the shoes knows where they pinch.

 

“State police will also create jobs for the youths and take some of our youths away from the bush.”

 

However, the FCT Minister, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has assured that residents of the territory will get positive news within days.

 

“I can assure you that in a matter of days, you will be hearing positive stories.

 

“We are ready to support our security agencies with whatever they need to ensure that our people can sleep with their two eyes closed.

 

“We are going to provide the councils with motorcycles to support the vigilante groups so that they can get information and assist our security agencies,” he added.

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