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Police confirm kidnap of seven travellers in Kogi

The Kogi State Police Command has revealed that seven travellers were kidnapped by suspects on the Geregu-Ajaokuta road in the state.

A lawyer, a physician, and five others were taken as they travelled in separate vehicles on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. when they were ambushed by their abductors.

An eyewitness told the media that the gunmen laid siege to the road for several hours, firing sporadically, during which time many passengers were kidnapped and others were shot.

Mr. Joe Abba, his wife, and Barrister Abba Aduojo, who were coming from a burial ritual in a village near Alloma in Ofu local government Area, were among those taken, according to a source.

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.

“My friend’s wife was shot in the leg and is presently recuperating at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja,” said a relative of one of the victims.

According to the state command’s Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, the command got winds of the attack of the hoodlums and drafted the men of the Rapid Response Squad operating in the area to their rescue.

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

He added that the police, including the sister security agencies and vigilantes have been mobilised to comb the areas in order to rescue the seven abducted persons.

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