The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of four officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps by unknown gunmen.
The spokesman of the police in the state, DSP William Aya, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja that the officers were kidnapped at a spot in Alo-Offoke community on the Itobe-Ayingba Road.
The officials were said to be travelling to Makurdi, Benue State for promotion examination when their vehicles were stopped by the kidnappers.
: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 three other persons that sustained injuries during the attack were currently 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.
He said: “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.”
To stem the tide of kidnapping and armed robbery activities currently rocking the state, Aya said 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 the victims.
He said that the new operation was being led by the state Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Ekpeji.