No fewer than 26 wedding guests have been kidnapped by gunmen along Wukari-Takum road in Taraba state.

The council Chairman of Takum local government area, Shiban Tikari told newsmen that they were abducted while returning to Takum.

He said no contact has been made to the family of those abducted.

He further disclosed that security operatives, as well as the youths of the area, have been combing bushes along that axis in search of the abductees.

The abductees who were between 18 and 22 were returning from a wedding programme in Wukari in a Toyota Hummer bus at about 8.30am when they ran into a group of gunmen between Chechenji and Kofai Ahmadu villages.

It was gathered that the gunmen hijacked the vehicle they were travelling with and drove the 26 passengers, including the driver of the bus to an unknown destination.

It was further gathered that the gunmen drove from Kofai Ahmadu village in Taraba and headed for Benue axis.

Taraba Police spokesman, DSP David Misal, confirmed the incident.

He said the police received a report that the 26 persons were missing.

He said the police was yet to establish whether it was a case of kidnap, adding that the police have commenced investigation into the matter.

The PPRO further disclosed there was no communication between the criminals and either the relations of the victims or the police since their disappearance on Wednesday morning.