31 January 2013

Nigeria: Insecurity Worries Mabushi Residents

Residents of Mabushi in Abuja on Saturday expressed concern over the growing rate of crimes in the area, saying the situation has become very worrisome.

Narrating his ordeal in the hands of some hoodlums, Emmanuel Ekeh, who is an electrician in the area said, "I was coming back from work when some boys attacked me with gun near Mobod building. They asked me to give them the money on me, but I told them that I had only N15,000. They took my two phones and my bag. This is the second time I was being attacked on the same road."

A resident, Abdullahi Musa, who lives at NNPC Quarters, described the situation at the community as a very sad one.

"I was nearly shot few days ago by some criminals. I went to visit a friend's wife, who delivered inside Mabushi but was stopped on my way by a group of boys, who attacked me and ordered me to come down from my car," he narrated.

He added that the attackers collected everything he had, including his ATM card and beat him, adding that he has informed his banks about the incident.

A food seller in the area, Mrs. Olatunji, said she has to close at 6pm everyday for fear of attack.

"It has not been easy, but I believe that one day government would do something regarding the security situation in this area," She added.

The residents called on the FCT Police Commissioner to come to their aid in order to salvage the situation.

When contacted, the Mabushi Divisional Police Officer, Superintendent Stanley Imo, said the settlement has a very large population, adding that many of them are of low-income, who do not have any source of livelihood.

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