Gunmen have abducted a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Friday Sani Makama, Fredrick Adejoh, an Igala Prince and others yet to be identified, after attacking Hilltop International premium hotel located in Tunga Maje Town in Abuja.
The Punch reported that Friday Sani Makama and some other men with him were at the hotel to hold a community reconciliation meeting slated for Thursday. The yet to be identified gunmen stormed the premises shooting sporadically just when the men were dispersing from a caucus meeting which was held at the peak of the night.
A hotel worker who pleaded anonymity said the gunmen were about 15, adding that they shot intermittently throughout the operation.
”Yesterday (Wednesday), a group of people came here for a community reconciliation meeting scheduled to hold here today (Thursday) but they had a caucus meeting in the evening around 10 pm.
“They booked rooms here and booked extra for people arriving today. Not long after they finished their meeting and were about to leave around 11.27 pm, suddenly a group of gunmen over 15 invaded the hotel premises and shot sporadically into the air as they went through the back and took some people away.
“Some of them came in while the others surrounded the hotel and ensured that no one ran. They brought back those who attempted to.” He said further.
It was also gathered that the manager of the hotel, Adejoh Maquile confirmed the incident and added that he was almost hit by one of the shots aimed at him.
”I counted about 45 pallets of bullets, among them are some with military colour. I would have been dead but had to dodge the bullet. The walls of the hotel were riddled with bullets,” he said.
Confirming the number of persons kidnapped by the gunmen Maquile said, “Those who were abducted are Friday Makama; the hotel’s Managing Director, Prince Frederick Adejoh; a pharmacist and his driver; and about three people that came with the honourable.
“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.”
Mariam Yusuf, the police spokesperson in the FCT, confirmed the incident. She added that an operation has been launched to rescue those abducted.
“The command has launched a strategic operation to rescue the victims unhurt”. She said.
Tunga Maje and the notorious Kaduna-Abuja highway have been a den for kidnappers and hoodlums.