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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has come out to confirm the escape of an abducted resident doctor whose name was given as Dr Orockarrah Orock, attached to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu State.
Dr Celestine Ugwoke who is the Chairman of NMA, Enugu State chapter, his colleague, who was kidnapped from the hospital vicinity on Saturday night, made his escape after his abductors negotiated his ransom with his wife and thereafter fell asleep after smoking and drinking.
He described how the kidnapped doctor crawled out of the place where he was being held in the kidnappers’ den, escaped and walked for a while till he saw people, and then emerged close to the Four Corner Junction on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Motorway, when he called his wife to come get him.
The NMA chair lamented that doctors in the state have become endangered professionals as kidnappers target them, especially those working in tertiary health institutions.
‘We are really in trouble as doctors are now their target and we are living in fear as the kidnappers now chase us as if they are chasing rats,’ he said.
The chairman warned that “any more abduction of any doctor in UNTH, doctors in the teaching hospital will totally down tool”, adding that this warning would be extended to other tertiary hospitals in the state.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Government has declared war on cultism in the state over recent cases of kidnapping and abduction of victims linked to cult activities, even as the Enugu State Police Command said it has arrested over 53 hoodlums suspected to be members of secret cults fueling incidents of abduction in the state.
The police reiterated that the state was safe for business and investment, saying those planning to return for Christmas celebration had nothing to fear.