A medical doctor identified as Dr Mansur Muhammad Dansadau, has been kidnapped by bandits in Zamfara State.
Muhammad, the Medical Director of Dansadau General Hospital in Maru Local Government Area of the state, was kidnapped at Mashyar Zaki, a dreaded spot along Gusau-Dansadau road.
The Zamfara State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Dr Mannir Bature, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday, June 28.
“NMA Zamfara received with deep shock the report of Kidnap of Medical Director General Hospital Dansadau Dr Mansur Muhammad,” a statement read.
“The unfortunate incidence happened on Saturday June 25th, 2022 at Mashayar zaki along Dansadau – Magami Road in Zamfara State.
“We urge our members to include him and other abductees in our prayers while the association work with relevant authorities to ensure his timely release in good health.”
Meanwhile, a resident of Dansadau, Jafaru Bashari, said the medical doctor was amongst the hit list of the bandits operating in the area.
“They wanted to abduct him last year when they attacked the hospital and kidnapped some nurses but he was not around. We were told that they (bandits) were looking for him to abduct so he could be their doctor because they had been attacking the hospital to get at him without success till Saturday,” he said.
According to a family source who asked not to be mentioned, the medical doctor was shuttling between Dansadau and Gusau, the state capital, because he was afraid of being kidnapped.
Negotiations have started and the bandits are demanding for N20 million ransom.