A former March GP is reportedly among four people who have been kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria.
Dr David Donovan and his wife Shirley, were taken while providing ‘medical care and religious activities’ in Burutu, in the African country’s oil-rich Delta state.
Former patients of Dr Donovan’s from the Riverside Practice have taken to Facebook to express their upset at the news which has been widely reported in national newspapers.
Dr Donovan and his wife run a charity called New Foundations, providing medical care to remote villages.
The two other victims were named as Alana and Tyan (surnames are unknown), according to The Times.
Local police chief Fakama reportedly said locals were ‘saddened’ by the kidnapping as the victims had ‘brought succour to residents of the community for the past three years’.
Nigeria is notorious for kidnapping for ransom in some areas and there have been a number of other foreigners taken in the Niger Delta region in recent years.
Nigerian police say they are doing everything they can to safely locate and rescue the four.