Gunmen believed to be bandits have abducted babies from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The hospital also lost five employees, including female nurses.
The bandits, who were said to have stormed the place in large numbers, engaged officers from a nearby police station in a gun battle.
A staffer of the hospital, who did not his name mentioned, told Daily Trust
there was a heavy shootout during the operation.
He also said their principal security guard on duty was among the
“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.
She said the latest incident made it the third time their staff were abducted by the bandits.
“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 Auditorium office were among
those kidnapped,” she said.
When our correspondent visited the police division and the centre, bullet holes were visible on the fence. The attackers were said to have blocked the bridge linking the village with Zaria town, to obviously thwart any reinforcement by the police. When contacted, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relation Officer, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident, saying efforts are on to rescue the victims.