#iPGN: Seven health workers abducted in Rivers

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted seven health workers working for the Niger Delta Development Commission in Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The health workers; four medical doctors, a pharmacist, one dentist and a nurse, were said to have been taken away by their captors at about 11pm on Saturday in Okolomade Community.

It was gathered that the gunmen, who stormed the community with AK-47 rifles, shot sporadically to scare away indigenes before going for their victims.

The kidnappers, according to a member of the community, came in two speed boats and escaped with the health workers through the waterways in the area.

The situation caused confusion as some members of the community, who ran into the bush to avoid being killed, came out the following morning.

A source said on Tuesday that the kidnapped health workers were in Okolomade community for the NDDC Free Medical Outreach Programme before being whisked away by the hoodlums.

According to the source, the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of NDDC, Dr. Itotenaan Ogiri, who is a member of the community invited the health workers to render free healthcare services to the community for three weeks.

It was leanrt that the hoodlums took away mobile phones belonging to those living around the building where the doctors and other health workers were lodged.

However, the kidnappers have not called to demand any ransom, though efforts to reach the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad and the Head Corporate Affairs of NDDC, Mr. Ibitoye Abosede on the matter proved futile.

Posted From iProdigy Group Nigeria(Dabibi Ori-ibim’s Blog).

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