BY EJIKE EJIKE, Abuja
The deputy president, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Suleiman Uba Gaya and members of his family, were robbed at gun point at Gwarimpa bypass, in Abuja.
The Editor and his family, who were heading home were robbed at about 8.15pm and were stripped of all their possessions, including phones and other personal effects.
Narrating his ordeal, Gaya said, “Yesterday at about 8.15pm, while driving with my wife and daughter along the Gwarimpa bypass in Abuja, we were attacked by armed robbers and stripped of our possessions, including cellphones. The armed robbers then disappeared through a dark alley, warning to return and get me killed if I raise any alarm.
“I offered no resistance to the gun toting young men. And God so kind, none of us was injured. This was witnessed by tens of other motorists, none of whom stopped to render any help.
“After a lot of effort, a taxi driver summoned the courage to stop and help us. As he was driving us to the Gwarinpa Division of the Nigeria Police Force, we saw a patrol vehicle, and the policemen promptly followed us to scene of the crime, where my car was still parked. All efforts by the police personnel to trace the armed robbers proved abortive.”
The Editor also commended the officers of the Nigeria Police Force, Gwarimpa Division for their quick intervention and personally ensuring their safety by escorting him home after the attack.
According to him, “I want to salute the two personnel of the Nigerian Police, namely Inspector Takai and Sergeant Kanu Ajah, for their prompt response, and more so for their refusal to take any money from me when they escorted me and my family home. I also urge the commissioner of Police of the FCT to do something about that bypass, which is fast becoming notorious for armed robbery within the FCT.”