Unknown gunmen kidnap doctor, lawyer, five others in Kogi

MOUTHPIECE NGR reports that some unknown gunmen who were suspected to be kidnappers have taken away seven persons, including a doctor and a lawyer at Geregu-Ajaokuta road in Kogi State.

It was learnt that they were kidnapped at about 2pm on Tuesday.

The police command in the state confirmed the happening on Wednesday in Lokoja, the capital of the state.

An eyewitness had revealed that the gunmen operated on the said road for hours, shot sporadically and kidnapped many passengers, while many also sustained various degrees of injuries.

The eyewitness further revealed that Mr Joe Abba, his wife and Barrister Abba Aduojo, who were coming back from a burial in a village near Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of the State, were among those who were kidnapped to an unknown destination, by the gunmen.

A doctor whose identity has not been revealed, and whom was coming back to Lokoja from an official assignment to the Prince Abubakar Audu University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba, was also a victim of the kidnap.

“They were kidnapped at gun-point around 2pm; my friend’s wife was shot in the leg and is presently recuperating at the Federal Medical Centre, lokoja”, said a relative of one of the victims.

The spokesperson of the police in the state, William Ovye Aya, posited that the police command swung into action, on hearing about the attack, and directed the men of the Rapid Response Squad operating in the area.

“Seven persons were abducted to the bush; six people were rescued with bullet wounds and six vehicles were recovered at the scene of the incident”, he said.

He further said that a combined manhunt against the hoodlums has started, in order to secure the release of the seven kidnapped persons in their custody.

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