Gunmen suspected to be bandits have invaded a hospital in Yola, Adamawa State capital, and abducted the owner.
The victim, a medical doctor, Dr Saidu Bala, was taken away on Monday evening.
Bala is the immediate past Medical Director of Specialist Hospital, Yola, according to Daily Trust.
According to a source, the gunmen broke into the hospital after 6pm, when residents had just observed Maghrib prayer.
The source said immediately they got to the hospital, they 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 disclosed.
The Adamawa State Police spokesman, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident, saying officers had been deployed to apprehend the assailants 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.
The incident happened amid the concerns about the high level of insecurity in the country, especially in the north.