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Bandits kill nursing mother who gave birth after 10yrs of barrenness


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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, continues to battle with worsening security crisis despite assurances by the authorities to put the scary situation under control.

Gunmen, who have been causing chaos in the nation’s capital city, recently intensified attacks on residents.

On Thursday, the family members of Simon Igba, an officer of the Nigeria Police Force, were thrown into agony following the killing of his wife, Christiana Igba and his mother-in-law, Maria Agbo.

According to media report, the criminal elements abducted Christiana and her mother in the Dei-Dei area of the capital city about two weeks ago.

Mrs Maria was on a postnatal visit to her daughter, Christiana, who recently gave birth after being childless since she got married to her husband, Igba, about ten years ago.

The bandits had raided their residence near the Mopol Barracks, Dei-Dei, hacked the husband to coma and whisked away Christiana, her mother and the one-month-old baby to an unknown destination.

One of the neighbours, Adejor Jacob, who recounted the unfortunate incident, said the abductors had demanded N90 million ransom prior to the murder of the victims.

According to him, “The late Christiana gave birth recently after being barren for more than ten years. Her mother came to Abuja from Benue State for the postnatal and to celebrate with the family over the newborn.

“The kidnappers earlier asked the husband to pay N90 million ransom as the only condition to release his wife and his mother-in-law.

“A day before they were killed, the kidnappers contacted the husband and they both negotiated and settled for N10 million.

“The kidnappers asked him to make the money available before 10 am the following day, which was last Thursday.

“Before the agreed time, the kidnappers called the husband to inform him that the one month old-baby was ill.

“There was another victim that the kidnappers released that day so they gave her the little baby and asked her to take the newborn to a hospital.

“The kidnappers gave her the phone number of the baby’s father and asked her to call when she got to the hospital.

“The woman did as she was instructed. The hospital called Igba and he went there and recovered his baby. After a few hours, we received a report that Christiana and her mother had been killed.

“Their lifeless bodies were dumped and some police officers went there to recover them. They have been deposited at the Kubwa General Hospital.”

Meanwhile, FCT police command is yet to issue a statement in respect to the development.

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