Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted babies from the residential quarters of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria, Kaduna State, Daily Trust reports.
The bandits, who were said to have stormed the place in large numbers, engaged officers from a nearby police station in a gun battle.
An unnamed staffer of the hospital also said there was a heavy shootout during the operation.
“Those kidnapped were our staff living at the staff quarters. Some
were abducted alongside their children. So about ten people were taken
away so far,” he said.
Also confirming the incident, Public Relations Officer of the Medical
and Health Union of the Center, Maryam Abdulrazaq, said she compiled six names of those abducted.
Abdulrazaq said the latest incident made it the third time the bandits abducted their staff.
“So far, I have six names of the people abducted, but I will try to
get the remaining four names by Monday, God willing. The principal
security guard on duty, two nurses, Joy Yakubu and Odor and her baby,
lab technician Christiana, Kasim from the auditorium office were among
those kidnapped,” she said.
The attackers were said to have blocked the bridge linking the village with Zaria town in a bid to thwart any reinforcement by the police.
When contacted, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relation Officer, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident, saying efforts to rescue the victims are underway.