Cattle rustlers on rampage, shoot 3-yr-old, sibling at Wako
Residents of Wako community in Kwali Area Council of the FCT were, Wednesday, thrown into pandemonium when members of a gang of cattle rustlers went on a rampage and shot a three-year-old boy and his elder brother in the night.
The father of the victims, Malam Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the incident happened around 11pm when the cattle rustlers, who were seven in number and brandishing AK-45 riffles, invaded the community and started shooting sporadically.
He said he was sleeping inside a tent close to where his cows numbering 123 were housed when the rustlers came, forcing him to hide.
Some of the rustlers, he added, went to his house and shot two of his sons, the 3-year-old Mohammed and Sabiu, who should have escaped but decided to stay and protect his toddler brother.
He said: “The two of my sons were sleeping when the rustlers started shooting, heading towards the compound. One of them asked my son to bring out his gun and he told them he had no gun. So the rustlers continued shooting, making my son to try to run with his younger brother because they were sleeping in the same place. That was when they opened fire on both of them, injuring them on their legs.”
He said the cattle rustlers, having run short of bullets, commandeered 120 cattle to the bush, adding, however, that he summoned courage and followed them and saw where they hid the cattle.
According to him, all the 120 cows were later brought back home from the bush.
He said: “I was hiding when I heard one of them asking another if they had any bullet left, and by then three among them have already moved away the cows to the bush. I summoned courage and trailed them and we later recovered all the cows from the bush.”
Abdullahi, said his sons, left lying in the pool of their own blood, were rescued by some neighbours, who took them to Abaji General Hospital that night after the rustlers have fled.
When our reporter visited Abaji General Hospital, yesterday, the victims were seen receiving treatment, while a nurse said they will be transferred to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital at Gwagwalada.
Also, the Etsu of Wako community, Alhaji Ibrahim D. Usman, said in the night when he was about to go to bed, he heard sporadic gunshots, describing the incident as sad.
He said: “Initially, when I first heard the sound, I never expected it was gun shots, but later I had to run out to call police at the outpost and he told me that he, too, heard the sound of the guns and I told him to inform the division at Kwali.”
The monarch said the sporadic gunshot by the rustlers threw the entire residents of the community into panic, expressing his concern that the rustlers may come back to the community.
“There is a likelihood that these gunmen may go and reinforce and come back since they did not succeed the first attempt and I want to appeal to the council authorities to provide security in this community,” he said.
An effort to get the reaction of the Kwali Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. S.M Ibrahim, was not successful as he was said to be attending a meeting.
But a police at the station confirmed the incident, saying policemen responded immediately when the division received a call from the community.
It will be recalled that Thursday, last week, a gang of 24 cattle rustlers invaded Paikon-Kore community in Gwagwalada Area Council and made away with over 137 cows after raping a 15-year-old-girl.
One of the boys shot by the cattle rustlers receiving treatment at the Abaji General Hospital yesterday. INSET is the spot where the cattles were rustled.