Four officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), going to sit for promotion examination in Makurdi, Benue State, have been kidnapped by gunmen.
The gunmen had shot at their vehicles, forcing them to stop.
The spokesman of the police in Kogi state, DSP William Aya, confirmed that the officers were kidnapped at a spot in Alo-Offoke community on the Itobe-Ayingba road.
” Information gathered reveals that four civil defence personnel were among the kidnapped victims,” Aya said, indicating that those kidnapped may be more than four.
He said that three other persons that sustained injuries during the attack were receiving treatment at a hospital.
Aya explained that the police responded immediately it received distress calls that some armed men were operating between Alo- Offoke and Ayingba.
” The Divisional Police Officer in charge immediately mobilised his personnel to the scene where they met two abandoned vehicles, one Volkswagen Sharon bus with registration number Kogi KNA 220 LG and a Volkswagen Gulf car with registration number Lagos EZ 376 SMK.
” Both vehicles were riddled with bullets and occupants suspected to have been abducted while 20 expended AK47 ammunitions and civil defence kits were recovered from the scene,” he said.
To stem the tide of kidnapping and armed robbery activities currently rocking the state, Aya said that the command had flagged off aerial surveillance patrol of Obajana axis and other black spots.
According to him, the operation also involved ground troops consisting of police and military personnel who are now combing the bush to rescue victims.
He said that the new operation was being led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ayuba Ekpeji.