A bus conductor Saturday lured one Francis Kolawale, his wife and three other passengers into his bus and robbed them at gun point at the Area 1 roundabout in Garki District of Abuja.
Narrating his ordeal to our reporter, Kolawale said the incident took place around 7pm after a wedding reception he attended with his wife, adding that they both decided to return to Zuba around 6:30pm.
He said the bus conductor was calling passengers at the roundabout and he persuaded them to enter the bus, which he said they did with three other passengers.
He said as soon they entered the bus, the conductor threatened to shoot five of them in the bus if they failed to surrender their belongings.
"My wife told him that we were just coming from a wedding but he turned a deaf ear and called some touts, who collected everything we had. The conductor was the one holding the short gun. People were moving as if nothing was going on; even the other bus drivers saw what was going on but nobody intervened," he narrated.
He said after the operations, they ordered them to disembark from the bus with a strong warning not to make any noise or risk being shot.
Kolawole said the hoodlums collected their phones, his driver's license, ATM cards, wedding gifts and N68,000 cash, adding that he was traumatized by the incident.
His wife, said she initially thought it was a joke until the conductor, who was pleading with them to enter the bus brought out a short gun, adding that they have reported the incident at a nearby police station.
A trader, Rose Ekeh, who said she has also been robbed at the same place, said she intended to board a bus to Berger Junction when the incident happened.
"I was robbed at that Area1 roundabout and was nearly raped. I sighted the police van and thought they could help, but all I saw was the touts hailing the police. It was a sad experience but I survived it," she said.
When contacted, the Garki Divisional Police Officer, Femi Obaniwonder, confirmed the incident but refused further comment.
FCT Director of Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), Wilson Rotimi Alade, said his office is doing its best to stop illegal motor parks in the city centre and advised passengers to patronise only the designated parks.