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Fear Grips Kogi As Gunmen Kidnap Two Medical Doctors

From  Joseph Amedu,  Lokoja

Fears have gripped citizens of Kogi state as two medical doctors working in the  State have again been abducted by unknown gunmen over the weekend.

The abducted persons were identified as Dr Ebiloma Aduku of Zonal Hospital, Ankpa and Dr Kelechi Mgbahurike of Christ the King Hospital, Anyigba in the Eastern Senatorial District of Kogi state.

The former was kidnapped at Ankpa on October 6, 2020, while the later was kidnapped from his hospital in Anyigba on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. But their whereabouts are still unknown.

A communiqué jointly signed on Friday, October 9, 2020, by Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association Chairman, Kogi State chapter, Dr Oyiguh Simeon Omakoji and Secretary Dr Famotele Tolorunju, after an emergency State Executive Council meeting held at its secretariat in Lokoja, read in part:

“Arising from an emergency State Executive Council meeting of the NMA Kogi held at its secretariat in Lokoja on 9th October, 2020 to discuss the matter of the kidnap of two of its doctors at two different locations in the state, the association observes that the kidnappers are in touch with the families of the doctors and the kidnappers are demanding ransom.

“The meeting resolved to use this medium to appeal to the Kogi State Government to work with the security agencies, families of the doctors and mediate to help secure the release of the doctors as a matter of urgency.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, WIlliam Aya, said he would avail our correspondent with information after getting in touch with the divisional police officers in Ankpa and Anyigba areas of the state.

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