Five armed men wearing army camouflage on Saturday night laid siege on one of the editors of PREMIUM TIMES, Sani Tukur, and snatched his car at gun point.
Mr. Tukur, who directs PREMIUM TIMES’ operations in the north of Nigeria, said the incident occurred Saturday evening at about 9 p.m., along the Airport Road in Abuja.
“We were returning from the National Mosque, my wife and our children. We had gone to offer the Isha/Taraweeh prayers when the ugly incident occurred,” he said.
Mr. Tukur said the armed men had already snatched a Honda Accord car from another victim who was coming from Trademore Estate, Lugbe Abuja, when he also arrived the scene driving a Toyota Camry 2007 Model.
“They used the car they just snatched from another victim to block my way, and when one of them alighted from the car and I noticed that he was wearing an army uniform and thought they were on official patrol
“They used to station some soldiers at the exact spot we were robbed whenever the President is coming back from a trip. So, I never knew they were armed robbers until the others also came down and I noticed that some were only wearing military jackets, but normal trousers.
“All of a sudden, the first one that came down pointed his gun at me and asked me to come down. When he noticed that I was not alone, he also asked my wife and children to come down immediately.
“One of the kids was already sleeping at the back seat and before he got into the driver’s seat, one of the robbers picked up the kid and threw him to the hard surface. He sustained some minor injuries to the right side of his face.
Mr. Tukur said he already reported the incident to the Divisional Police Headquarters at Lugbe, Abuja.
The stolen car has a colour of gold, with registration number ABJ 143FE.