Two vigilante members have been shot dead during a cross fire with bandits at Gasakpa community in Gawu ward, Abaji area council of Abuja.
A member of the vigilante simply identified as Ishaku said the incident happened around 4:30pm on Thursday, at a forest bordering Federal Capital Territory and Niger State.
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He said the vigilantes had mobilised to the forest to rescue a farmer, Aliyu Musa, who was abducted on the farm.
Musa said the vigilantes were approaching the bandits’ den when the gunmen suddenly laid in ambush on them.
According to him, two members of the vigilantes were killed during exchange of fire with the bandits, saying their remains had been evacuated and buried.
Musa said four other vigilantes who sustained bullets wounds were receiving treatment at a private hospital in Lambata, Niger State.
The spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, DSP Adeh Josephine, is yet to reply to A text message sent to her about the incident.
Daily trust had reported that bandits had, in recent months, been terrorising residents of Adagba, Gurdi, Paiko Bassa, Rafin-Daji communities in the Abaji area council of Abuja, which shares boundary with villages in Niger State.