Sunday, 18 October 2015

Nigeria: Dr Philip Ugbodaga and 2 other doctors Kidnapped

A former Chairman of the  Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo state, Dr Philip Ugbodaga and two other medical doctors whose identities are yet to be known have been abducted by suspected kidnappers.

Ugbodaga and his two colleagues were said to have been abducted Friday at Umuaka, in Isu local government area of Imo State, where they had gone to render free medical services to some communities, which was organised by their friend who was championing free medical services to members of the community.

The incident happened when a vehicle suspected to have been trailing them ordered them to stop, following which Ugbodaga and the two other doctors were forcefully taken away to unknown destination at gunpoint by the suspected kidnappers.

At the time of this report, the suspected kidnappers were yet to establish contact with Dr. Ugbodaga’s family, but the abduction of the political and social crusader has thrown members of his family in Enwan, Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo state, into anguish and confusion.

But security agencies are said to have commenced investigation on the kidnap, even as family members were reluctant to comment on the incident. Meanwhile, condemnation has trailed the kidnap of Dr. Ugbodaga and his colleagues.

Reacting to the incident in a press statement, Aiyamenkhue Edokpolor, Convener of Edo Focus, a platform for political and socio-economic discuss about Edo State, where Ugbdaga is an active member, called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to swing into action and rescue Ugbodaga and his colleagues and arrest the perpetrators.

Dr Ugbodaga is also a former Chief Medical Director of Central Hospital Benin and was very popular because of his kind and friendly nature-- We all loved him as students.

I pray he is reunited safely with his family.

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