Gunmen Abduct Lawyer, Doctor, 5 Other Travelers in Kogi

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The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of seven travelers along Itobe-Ajaokuta road in the State.

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers had abducted seven people, including a medical doctor and lawyer at about 2pm on Tuesday.

According to a witness, the gunmen laid siege on the road for hours, shooting sporadically and that in the process many passengers were abducted with many others injured.

Among those abducted are one Mr Joe Abba and his wife, and Barrister Abba Aduojo who were returning from a burial in Ofu LGA.

Also abducted is a doctor said to be on his way back to Lokoja from an official assignment to the Prince Abubakar Audu University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba.

According to relative of one of the victims, “they were kidnapped on gun point around 2pm, my friend’s wife was shot in the leg and is presently recuperating at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.”

The police spokesperson in the state, SP William Aya, said the command got wind of the attack by the hoodlums and drafted the men of the Rapid Response Squad operating in the area to secure their rescue.

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

He added that a combined manhunt against the hoodlums, including the sister security agencies and vigilante have been mobilised to comb the areas in order to rescue the seven abducted persons in their custody.

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