A section of the Abuja Market in Wuse was set on fire on Tuesday by an angry mob and aggrieved traders after an officer allegedly shot a man who had been charged and convicted. The officer attached to the Mobile Court sitting within the Abuja market was said to have shot the man after he tried to escape, PUNCH Online gathered.

A reliable source in Abuja Market Management Limited confirmed the alleged shooting to our correspondent, stating, however, that the market had been cordoned off by policemen to restore order in the market while officers of the FCT Fire Service were making attempts to quench the fire and prevent its spread. The Public Relations Officer in the AMML, Innocent Amaechina, confirmed that the management’s office and several shops and vehicles in the market were lost in the fire.

Meanwhile, the Director of the FCT Fire Service, Amiola Adebayo, did not respond to phone calls, as of the time of filing this report. Also, the Police Public Relations Officer of the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, said she was gathering facts on the matter and would revert as soon as she had more details.


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Again, terrorists kidnap scores in fresh Kaduna attack

Suspected terrorists have attacked the Buda community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, abducting about 61 people. The state and police authorities are yet to confirm the attack, but a resident of the area said that the bandits invaded the village on Monday night at about 11:45 pm, where they kidnapped 61 people. According to a resident, Dauda Kajuru, the kidnappers invaded the community in large numbers and started shooting sporadically.

“What happened yesterday was terrifying. The bandits came intending to abduct scores of people that’ll outnumber that of school pupils in Kuriga Village of Chikun Local Government Area, but the swift response of soldiers who were not more than 2 kilometres away from Kajuru curtailed the number. “My siblings were part of those abducted yesterday and based on the information available as of this morning, the bandits with their victims are yet to get to their destination, ” Manyu said.

He lamented that since the removal of an Army Commander popularly known as (Tega), banditry activities have resumed in full force around the Kajuru Local Government villages. “I’ll tell you in confidence that when Commander Tega was around, their activities stopped, and one could go on occasions without any fear of being kidnapped because he knows their terrain and the mode of their operations.

“It is unfortunate Commander Tega was removed from Kajuru Local Government when we’re experiencing the return of peace in our villages,” he said. Another resident, Lawal Abdullahi, who escaped the incident but whose wife was among the victims, also confirmed 61 people were abducted. He said men, women, and children, including a nursing mother of two weeks, were among the victims. “The situation devastates me because we have not heard from them since the incident happened on Monday. “We’re appealing to the government to take action and ensure our loved ones return immediately,” he said.






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