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Police intensify search for seven kidnapped orphans in FCT

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By Cyril Mbah, Abuja

The search party dispatched by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command to comb surrounding bushes and hills in search of seven children and two women, who were abducted from an orphanage home in Abaji Area Council of the FCT have not made any headway to locate the kids four days after their abduction.

A reliable source in Abaji who is close to the orphanage home disclosed in a telephone interview that the kidnappers have not yet contacted anybody or made any demands for the release of the children aged between one and four years.

The source disclosed that gunmen numbering about ten invaded the orphanage on Saturday night after shooting sporadically and abducted seven children and two women including a caregiver.

A resident of the area Alhaji Mahmud Nurudeen, who tried to accost the kidnappers was shot on the thigh before his wife was added to the kidnap victims.

FCT Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Miriam Yusuf confirmed the incident and said the command has launched a rescue party to locate and release the victims.

The abducted children were identified as Elizabeth Andrew, Dayo Udi, Jacob Ukpas, Melody Ijeh, Bernard Etim, Issac Mathew and Laraba Emmanuel whereas the housewife and caregiver were identified as Rukayat Salihu and Joy Bako.

The Police spokesperson assured that the command will do everything necessary to trace the kidnappers and ensure the prompt release of their victims.

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