NMA cries out as gunmen kidnap doctor in Kogi hospital

Gbenga Odogun

A medical doctor working with General Hospital Ugwolawo, in the Ofu Local Government Area, Solomon Nidiamak, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Kogi State.

It was gathered that the doctor was taken away by the kidnappers around 8.30 am from the hospital on Monday.

A statement released by the Kogi State Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Omakoji Oyiguh, and the association secretary, Dr. Famotele Talorunju, confirmed the incident.

The statement reads partly, “We call on the government of Kogi State and all security agencies to work very hard towards his (Nidiamak) early and safe release.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi State, DSP William Ovye Aya said the command is not aware of the kidnap of Dr. Solomon Nidiamak.

He, however, promised to get back to our correspondent when he receives first-hand information from the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in Ofu Local Government of Kogi State.

PUNCH recalls that kidnapping has been on the increase in Kogi State in recent times.

Recently, a traditional ruler who recently regained freedom was kidnapped at the central senatorial district, while a pharmacist was also whisked away to an unknown destination at the western senatorial district.

Also, a pastor and his wife were also kidnapped. Their whereabouts are still unknown as of the time of filing this report.

Recall also that the former Provost Marshall of the Nigeria Army, Major General Ahmed Hassan, was shot dead at Abaji, a boundary town between Kogi state and Abuja.

Efforts to get the state police commissioner, CP Ayuba Ede, proved abortive as he did not respond to a message asking for confirmation of the incident.

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