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Gunmen kidnap nurse in Gombe, demand N10m ransom




The abductors of a nurse working at a cottage hospital in Dadin- Kowa town of Gombe State, Mr Ephraim Ajuji, are demanding N10m ransom.

The daughter of the victim, Miss Mary Ephraim on Tuesday told newsmen in Dadin-Kowa town of Yamaltu-Deba Local Government area that the kidnappers threatened to kill her father if the ransom was not paid.

The 18-year-old daughter, who sustained a machete cut on her head during the attack, said the kidnappers called around 7 am Tuesday and stated their demand.

According to Mary, when the kidnappers came, they seized her telephone and that of father and mother but later decided to leave behind that of her father, saying they will communicate with them (family) through it.

Contacted for comments on the request of the abductors, Police Public Relations Officer, Gombe Command, Mary Mallum, said that they were not aware of the development

Gombe state Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Olukolu, had on Tuesday confirmed the abduction of the nurse, saying Ajuji was taken away from his home in Dadinkowa at about 3.30 a.m

He said the hoodlums, about seven in number, brandished locally manufactured guns.

He said that the State Intelligence Bureau, in collaboration with agents from the Department of State Security, as well as members of a vigilante group operating in the area, had stormed the surrounding bush in search of the criminals.

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