- Doctors protest in Abakaliki
By CHINEDU NWAFOR
Unknown gunmen have kidnapped the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA), Ebonyi State, Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah.
He was kidnappedon Wednesday this weekalong Lokoja/AjeokutaRoad in Kogi State on his way to Abuja for a meeting.
The Oracle Today gathered that Ogah was kidnapped together with the hospital’s accountant, S.N Ugama and its head of administration,Chief Christopher Ogbu.
Earlier on Tuesday this week, the wife and a child of the Provost of the College of Nursing and Midwifery of the hospital were on kidnapped on their way to dispose of refuse at their residence in Democracy Estate within the state capital.
But, the Provost’s wife and his child have since been released by their abductors, although it was not clear if any ransom was paid to secure their release.
These developments sparked off protests today on the streets of Abakaliki by medical doctors working in the hospital, who demanded the immediate release of the trio.
The doctors were carrying placards with inscriptions such as ‘kidnappers must leave doctors alone’, ‘Kidnappers, release our management staff’, among others.
At the entrance gate of Government House Abakaliki, the state Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Austin Ikwudimma, who spoke on behalf of the doctors, expressed their displeasure over the development.
He noted that their members had been victims of kidnap, robbery and all manner of ill-treatment in the hands hoodlums.
He said: “We are here to register our displeasure, to let the state governmentconvey this message to the federal government. Ebonyi state is doingits best and it is one of the safest states in the federation but itneeds to do more.
“Federal government needs to do more on the issue of security,
especially as it affects to Doctors whose lives have been endangered.
Apart from this kidnap, our members have been robbed. Our members have lost their vehicles, we have been intimidated and harassed. These things are coming serial as if we are targets.
“This is why we are here to tell the federal government to improve on the security situation in the country and ensure that our members are returned to us unhurt.”
Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dave Umahi, who addressed the doctors on behalf of the Ebonyi State governor, assured them that the state government would doeverything humanly possible to secure the release of their kidnapped colleagues.
But, the doctors insisted on seeing the governor or the deputy governor to get first hand assurances from either of the two.
Umahi who later addressed them told the doctors that he was doing everything possible to ensure their kidnapped colleagues were released.
“Be assured that I am doing everything possible to make sure that they are released. I know how you people suffer sleepless nights and so on and so forth. So, you shouldn’t be working in fear,” he said.