Police confirm abduction of female doctor, lawyer, 5 other persons in Kogi

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Police confirm abduction of female doctor, lawyer, 5 other persons in Kogi

Story from Rabi’atu, Lokoja

The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a female medical doctor, a lawyer and five other persons on Ajaokuta -Itobe road in the state.

The state PPRO, CSP Willam Aya, who confirmed the incident, said the victims were travelling on the road when they were kidnapped by gunmen at about 2 pm on Wednesday.

Aya said the command got wind of the abduction and immediately drafted men of the Rapid Response Squad to the scene.

“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 on Wednesday.

He added that a combined manhunt against the abductors have been launched.

“Sister security agencies and vigilante have also been mobilised to comb the bush in areas in order to rescue the seven abducted persons in their custody,” he said.

However, an eyewitness said the gunmen who had laid siege on the said road spent hours shooting sporadically and in the process kidnapped seven passengers.

He also said that some passengers sustained gunshot injuries.

He mentioned that one Mr Joe Abba, his wife and Barrister, Abba Aduojo, were among those kidnapped and taken away by the gunmen.
According to the source, the victims were returning from a burial ceremony in Ofu local government area of the state when they ran into the ambush laid by the kidnappers.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has confirmed the kidnap of one of its members, Dr (Mrs) Rukayat Musa who was also said to be on her way back to Lokoja from an official assignment from Prince Abubakar Audu University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba.

The statement said Dr Rukayat Musa works with the NHIS office in Lokoja.

The association called on the state government and all security agencies to work relentlessly towards her early and safe release.

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