Some residents of CITEC Estate located in Gwarinpa Abuja,have continued to recount their ordeal, when some yet-to-be identified gunmen laid siege to their area, last December, in pursuit of an ex-banker believed to have fled the country
Few of those who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity said that trouble started a little past 11pm that fateful December 21 when two SUVs drove up to their gate and ordered the security man at gunpoint to open the gate into the expansive compound housing eight flats.
“How can I forget that day,” a lady with one of the well-paying government agency asked. The lady who gave only her first name, Uzo, said it was as if she was watching a movie when she heard a bang on her door.
“I was already asleep when I jumped up from the deafening bang on my door. ‘Open up or die.’ I just couldn’t think straight as I made to hide in the wardrobe when the heavy bang happened again with the menacing threat. I immediately flew from my bedroom to open the door, shivering.”
Another resident who refused to give his name said he had already secured another accommodation as he still can’t sleep well after the unfortunate matter.
“How can I carry another person’s cross that is not even a tenant in the compound? All I remember is ‘where is that stupid banker. Where is he? He will die today.”
The residents said it was weeks later that they learnt that the gunmen were after one Mr. Gabriel Obasuyi and his family.
This newspaper learnt that Mr. Obasuyi ran into trouble sometime in 2017 as a Fraud officer with one of the new generation bank.
However, unknown to him, those behind the fraudulent transaction – a banker worker- (Names withheld) was working for alleged militants that operate freely in Nigeria.
Mr. Obasuyi became a marked man as the criminal gang made efforts to snuff his life and those of his family.
Our correspondent also learnt that despite the matter being reported to the police, the threat is still on, the source said.
Asked where Mr. Obasuyi was now, the family source who asked not to be named for fear of his life, declined to say but hinted that his family member had fled the country with his wife and children.
When contacted on the development, the FCT police spokesperson, Anjuguri Manza, said the police were committed to the security of the FCT, and said the matter was under investigation.
Over the past few months, Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital territory, has witnessed kidnappings, One Chance robbery and other heinous crimes.