In a tragic turn of events, 19 individuals have reportedly been abducted by gunmen in the Bwari Area Council of Abuja, Nigeria's capital.
The incident occurred on September 7th, 2023, and is said to have included the kidnapping of a young seminarian, Rev. Ezekiel Nuhu.
Speaking on the issue, Kwali Area Council chairman, Danladi Chiya, expressed concern and appealed for help from the FCT Minister and Minister of State.
The statement reads
When we heard about your appointment, we were happy because you have been a Council Chairman and therefore understand our challenges," he said.
“Our challenges are inadequate funding of the local government system. We have a major challenge of insecurity across the six Area Councils. Just today (Thursday), about 19 people were kidnapped in Bwari Area Council. I just received about five in my council who were in captivity for about six days,”
Wike, who was surprised at the developments, said he would summon the FCT Director of State Security Services as well as the Commissioner of Police to receive adequate briefings on the kidnap incident and facilitate rescue operations.