Minister condemns kidnapping of Kuje vice-chairman, lawmakers in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani, on Sunday, condemned in strong terms the abductions of the former vice-chairman of Kuje Area Council and some members of the council’s Legislative Arm by yet to be identified gunmen.

Other victims were Transport Officer, Special Assistant, Media, Head of Department (HOD), Food Services and some staff.

According to a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Austine Elemue, and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the minister regretted that the cases of abductions have become so rampant especially in the area council.

It will be recalled that more than 15 people have been kidnapped in the past one month in the council area, while contact had already been established with late Saturday’s night abductors who were demanding for N100 million ransom.

While describing the incident as unfortunate and heinous, the minister assured that the FCT Administration would take drastic measures to address the situation.

She, therefore, appealed to the residents to remain calm as efforts are in top gear to recover all victims of kidnappers.

According to her, “it is regrettable and unfortunate that we are still having cases of abductions and kidnappings of innocent citizens in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). It is regrettable because this is the seat of government and we must do everything possible to put to an end this senseless killings and abductions of residents in the territory.

“However, I want to appeal to residents especially those in the area councils to remain calm, as the FCT Administration under the leadership of Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, is working assiduously to protect lives and property of residents. I want to assure you that the security agencies are on top of the situation,” she assured.

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