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Gunmen abduct doctor, lawyer, five others in Kogi

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted seven people, including a doctor and a lawyer at Geregu-Ajaokuta road in Kogi State.

DAILY POST learnt that they were abducted at about 2pm on Tuesday.

The State police command confirmed the incident on Wednesday in Lokoja.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen laid siege on the said road for hours, shooting sporadically and in the process, many passengers were abducted, with many also receiving various degrees of injuries.

This source posited further that among those abducted to unknown destinations were Mr Joe Abba, his wife and Barrister Abba Aduojo, who were returning from a burial in a village near Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of the State.

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

“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.

According to the State Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, William Ovye Aya, the command got wind of the attack by the hoodlums and drafted 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 added that a combined manhunt against the hoodlums has commenced, in order to rescue the seven abducted persons in their custody.