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Abuja kidnappings: Wike holds emergency security meeting


The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, convened an emergency high-profile security meeting in response to the rising cases of kidnappings and killings in Abuja on Tuesday.

The meeting, attended by security heads and Area Council Chairmen, aims to address the security challenges affecting the nation’s capital.

Wike, actively engaged in combatting the activities of bandits, emphasized his dedication to resolving the security crisis.

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He issued a directive to the Area Council Chairmen, urging them to enhance their efforts and effectively tackle the challenges at hand.

Wike reassured Abuja residents that normalcy would soon be restored to the FCT.

The security meeting comes in the wake of heightened insecurity across six states and the FCT, with terrorists, bandits, and criminals wreaking havoc in various regions.

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The attacks, occurring in five of the six geopolitical zones, resulted in six deaths, 60 kidnappings, the theft of a corpse, and the looting of goods worth millions of naira.

Kidnappers, who abducted 10 individuals from an estate in Sagwari Layout, Dutse, on January 7, reportedly killed three victims, escalating their ransom demand from N60 million to N100 million per person. Among the victims was Folorunsho Ariyo, a 13-year-old high school student.

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Reports revealed that the kidnappers, operating in Bwari villages, killed one of the six abducted persons to expedite ransom payment.