Gunmen kidnap Permanent Secretary of Ondo Hospital Board in Lokoja


The Permanent Secretary of the Ondo State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola, has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Kogi State.

The Guardian gathered that Ikuomola was kidnapped together with his driver on Sunday evening along the Lokoja/Abuja expressway, when going to Abuja for an official assignment.

According to the secretary of the state Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Roland Arohunmolase, who broke the news to newsmen in Akure yesterday, the Permanent Secretary was ambushed by unknown gunmen.

Arohunmolase explained that one of the abductors contacted the family to confirm the incident, demanding N70 million as ransom for their victims.

“Ikuomola was abducted yesterday (Sunday) with his driver on the Lokoja-Abuja road while on his way to Abuja for an official function. The kidnappers have contacted us this morning (Monday) demanding the sum of N70 million before he could be released to his family,” he said.

But the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, when contacted, said since the incident occurred outside the jurisdiction of Ondo State, the police officers in Kogi State would take it up.

“Am not yet aware, although, it is outside our jurisdiction but am sure some of our colleagues (police) in Kogi would have taken prompt action on it,” he said.

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