By Obinna Ogbonnaya, Abakaliki
There was wild jubilation in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital as news of the release of the Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Dr Emeka Onwe ogar who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at Ajokuta axis of Kogi-Lokoja Highway few days ago filtered into the state.
LEADERSHIP gathered that Dr Onwe Ogar alongside the Director of Finance, Mr. S.N Ugama and that of Finance Mr. Christopher Ogbu have reunited with their families after 3 days in the kidnappers den.
Though details of how they were freed were yet to be made public, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr Emmanuel Uzor who confirmed their release xplained that they regained their freedom in the early hours of today.
It would be recalled that Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi had assured members of the Nigeria Medical Association who were in government house to protest the kidnapp of the hospital staff and other doctors in the country of his determination to ensure their quick release.
Mr. Uzor stated that the Governor did every thing within his powers to ensure that the kidnappers victims regained their freedom and reunite with their families without much molestation and inhuman treatment.
The Chief Press Secretary further disclosed that the action of the Governor goes to show his confidence and believe in the Nigeria security system pointing out that all hands must be on deck to salvage the country from security threats.
The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association in the State, Dr Austin Ikwudinma also confirmed the development and appreciated the state government as well as security agencies for their quick release.
He ecpressed regret over the continued abduction of medical doctors in the country and called for securuty beef up and total overhual of the security system in the country.
Some of the hospital staff who spoke to Leadership on grounds of anonymity thanked the state government for their quick intervention on the problem which they said threatened the hospital and advocated for serious security checks along major roads and streets within Abakaliki and environs.
They said that with the release, the hospital would continue with its duties of saving lives adding that since their abduction, normalcy eluded the hospital.
The condition of the CMD’s driver who was allegedly shot by the abductors is yet to be ascertain as at the time of filling this report.
Effort to get the reaction of the Police Command proved abortive as all the calls put across to the Police Public Relations Officer was not responded to. Ends.
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