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Gunmen on Friday abducted two medical doctors and a non-medical staff of the General Hospital, Okpoga, Okpokwu local government area of Benue State.

The victims were abducted while on their way home at the close of work from the hospital.

A source told journalists the medical personnel who were traveling in a vehicle ran into the hoodlums who had laid siege on the Ichama-Okpoga Road.

He said: “From what we heard, the armed men took over the road at about 7:00 p.m., laid a siege for their victims and unknown to the medical personnel they ran into the roadblock and were forcefully taken away by their abductors into the forest in that area.

“We believed that the people behind this are the same suspected armed herdsmen who are tormenting the people of Ado local government area where cases of kidnappings have been recorded recently.

“Moreover, these communities shared common boundaries which are surrounded by thick forests where these criminal elements disappear into whenever they commit a crime.

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“The matter has been reported to the police in Okpoga who promised to rescue the victims though the local vigilante and youths of the area have also constituted a search party in order to rescue the medical personnel.”

The spokesman of the state police command, Catherine Anene, who confirmed the incident, said police officers are on the trail of the abductors.

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