Five villagers from Chakumi village in Gurdi ward of Abaji area council of Abuja have drowned in River Gurara in an attempt to escape bandits’ attack in the community.
The victims were four male adults and a house wife.
Chakumi shares boundary with neighbouring Daku village through River Gurara in Dobi ward of Gwagwalada area council.
The village chief of Chakumi, Mohammed Magaji, confirmed the incident, saying it happened around 11am yesterday.
Magaji said the deceased victims, including a middle-aged house wife were working on the farm, when they sighted the bandits.
The monarch further explained that the victims rushed to board canoe in order to escape to neigbouring Daku village, but in the process of trying to cross River Gurara, the boat capsized.
“Even as I am talking to you right now, the corpses of the victims have not been recovered yet as fishermen from Daku and my village are still searching for the corpses,” he said.
The monarch, who lamented the activities of bandits in the area, said farmers could no longer go to their farms over fear of being kidnapped by bandits.
Vice chairman of Abaji LGA, Ibrahim Abubakar, also confirmed the incident, disclosing that one of his relatives was among those who drowned.
“In fact, one of my relatives was among those that got drowned and their bodies are yet to be recovered up till this moment that I am talking to you,” he said.
The spokesperson of the FCT police command, DSP Adeh Josephine, did not reply to text message sent to her on the incident.