By Hassan Umar Shallpella
The immediate past Medical Director, Specialist Hospital Yola and proprietor Aisha hospital Ngurore, Dr Saidu Bala has been kidnapped on Monday evening in the hospital.
Police in the state confirmed the incident, saying an anti-kidnapping squad has been dispatched to rescue the victim unhurt.
Abduction for ransom has become the order of the day in most parts of Nigeria, especially in the North.
According to source, the gunmen, after 6pm stormed the hospital along Yola-Numan road in Ngurore of Yola South local government area of Adamawa state when residents had just observed Maghrib prayer and shot sporadically to scare people away.
“The gunmen stormed the hospital shortly after Maghrib prayer and shot into the air to scare people away.
“They then went to Dr Saidu Bala’s office and took him away. The operation was so fast that it was conducted in less than five minutes,” the source said.
DSP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, Adamawa State Police spokesman who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said officers had been deployed to track down the attackers and rescue the victim.
“Our men found three used bullet canisters at the scene of the crime and we have immediately deployed men of the anti-kidnapping squad to rescue the abducted medical practitioner,” he said.