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Gunmen Abduct PUNCH Reporter, Two Others In Abuja

A reporter with PUNCH newspaper, Okechukwu Nnodim, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

He was taken from his residence at Kubwa, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

A four-man gang was said to have gained access to the residence on Wednesday night, after scaling the fence, before they started shooting into the air.

They reportedly demanded money from him, before he was taken away.

The kidnappers also attacked his neighbours and went away with the two sons of a widow, Mrs Faith Gbeyide.

Narrating the incident on Thursday, Nnodim’s wife, Oluchi, explained that her husband was working on his laptop when five strange men scaled the fence around 11pm and entered their compound, ordering them to open the door.

She said the gunmen fired several shots at the windows and subsequently pulled down the burglar-proof iron after which they forced the front door open.

“My husband asked me to stay with the children in their room. I heard the men asking him to bring out money but he told them he didn’t have money in the house,” PUNCH quoted Oluchi as saying.

“They took our phones and marched him out of the house. They went to our neighbour’s house and also abducted her two sons.”

Nnodim covers the business beat for the PUNCH Newspaper.

The FCT police spokesperson, ASP Miriam Yusuf, confirmed the incident.

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