Residents of Zone A, Kurudu, a suburb in the Abuja Municipality of the Federal Capital City Territory (FCT), are still living in fear, days after gunmen believed to be robbers unleashed terror on them.
On that evil day, January 11, the gunmen, numbering seven, carried out deadly raids on five flats in the area, leaving in their trail, tears and sorrows.
One of the victims of the attack, 57-year-old Michael Ibu, lost his life when he was shot at close range by the robbers in the presence of his wife and children.
Until his sudden death, the late Ibu was a businessman and a deacon with the Assemblies of God Church, Karu.
Although other victims of the robbery attack, including Temitope Awoyinka, are lucky to be alive to narrate the gory encounter, they are carrying various injuries and deep cuts on their bodies.
When Abuja Metro visited the community, the eldest son of the deceased, Godswill Ibu, gave a graphic account of the robbery.
“At about 2:30am of Thursday, January 11, 2018, we heard a bang on the widow to the children’s room. I got up from where I was lying and rushed there only to be held hostage by some armed men, who had gained entrance into the room through the damaged window.
While I was there with them, my father also arrived from his room. We were all rounded up by the robbers.
“By this time, some of the robbers entered from the main door and held my mother hostage. Only three out of the seven armed robbery were wearing masks.
“They started screaming where is the money? Where is the gold? Bring the money. Bring the gold. My father told them there was no gold in the house, but he gave them all the money in the house, about N600,000. They also collected our phones and laptops.