Police confirm abduction of seven travellers in Kogi

The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the kidnapping of seven passengers on the Geregu-Ajaokuta road in the state by suspected kidnappers.

A lawyer, a doctor, and five other people were attacked by their captors last Tuesday at 2 p.m. while they were traveling in various vehicles.

A witness told news reporters that the gunmen besieged the said road for several hours while sporadically firing, during which time many passengers were kidnapped and many others suffered gunshot wounds.

The Punch reports that one Mr. Joe Abba, his wife, and Barrister Abba Aduojo were among those abducted while they were traveling back from a funeral in a village close to Alloma in the state’s Ofu local government Area.

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.