29.1 C

Police move to rescue abducted ex-Kogi lawmaker, eight others


THE police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)  said they had commenced moves to rescue a former Kogi State lawmaker Friday Makama, who was kidnapped in Abuja on Wednesday.

Spokesperson of the FCT Police Command Mariam Yusuf disclosed this in an interview with The ICIR on Friday.

“The command has launched a strategic operation to rescue the victims unhurt,” she said.

Makama, who was at the hotel with some of his kinsmen for a community function, was abducted along with eight others at the Hilltop International Premium Hotel at Tuga-Maje in Gwagwalada.

The incident occurred at about 11.30 pm.

    The gunmen, who were about 15 in number, reportedly fired gunshots in the air all through the operation.

    Narrating what happened, the hotel manager Adejoh Maquile said he barely escaped death in the course of the shooting.

    “I counted about 45 pellets of bullets and among them were some with military colour.  I would have been dead but had to dodge the bullet. The walls of the hotel were riddled with bullets.

    “The security man was shot and was taken along with them. Also taken along are the accountant of the hotel and a female fun seeker. These are the ones I can account for. They are nine but there could be others,” Maquile said.


    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation



    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.


    Nigerian defends teaching in China amidst criticism

    A NIGERIAN school teacher and filmmaker, Bello Habeeb Galadanchi, has responded to criticism for...

    WAEC arrests 20 school officials for aiding examination malpractice

    THE West African Examination Council (WAEC) has said 20 school officials have been arrested...

    Plateau govt revokes Lalong’s appointments

    PLATEAU State government has revoked some appointments made by former governor, Simon Lalong. The state...

    Survey: 40 Nigerian organisations slammed with frivolous lawsuits in one year

    A survey conducted by The ICIR on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation in Nigeria...

    How Boko Haram is carrying out recruitment in Nigeria — Researcher

    MALIK Samuel, a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), South Africa, has...

    Most Read

    Subscribe to our newsletter