Kidnapped Ebonyi hospital director, two others freed

Ebonyi State Map
Ebonyi State Map

A doctor who was kidnapped on Thursday has been released.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Emeka Ogah, was kidnapped by armed persons at Ajaokuta axis of Kogi-Lokoja Highway.

Also freed were the Director of Administration in the Hospital, Christopher Ogbu, and the Director of Finance, Sunday Ugama. Both men were kidnapped alongside Mr. Ogah.

They were freed in the early hours of Sunday.

They trio were returning from a meeting in Abuja when they were ambushed by gunmen who took them to an unknown destination.

Though details of how they were freed are yet to be made public, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Emmanuel Uzor, confirmed their release.

“The true situation is that the victims have been released. I don’t know if there was ransom or not, but all I know is that the governor ensured their safe release. He was worried about their kidnap and urged security agents to assist to ensure they were released.

“The governor has absolute confidence in the police and other security agents”, he said.

The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association in the state, Austin Ikwudinma, also confirmed the development. He appreciated the state government as well as security agencies for their quick
intervention.

“We want to specially thank the government of Ebonyi State for keeping to its promise. We are happy they did what they promised for the release of our colleagues. We want to thank people who showed concern during this trying period,” he said.

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