Two children and seven adults have been reportedly abducted at Anguwar Kwankwashe in Suleja, Niger state.
Two persons, it was gathered, however escaped from their abdutors.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said the kidnappers invaded some houses and a hotel around 1:35am on Tuesday.
Another eyewitness, Ibrahim Oga said: “They split into groups to attack homes from where they took their victims.
“It was even the sound of their gunshot that woke me up. I walked quietly to check the window and discovered that the kidnappers, some of them even dressed like soldiers”.
A vigilante, who preferred anonymity, said he alerted men of the C Police Division immediately he heard sporadic gunshots in the area.
He said the vigilante and the police from the C Division engaged the kidnappers in a shootout but they escaped with their victims.
FCT Police spokesman, ASP Yusuf Mariam, didn’t respond to phone calls.