Kogi doctor regains freedom after two days in kidnappers’ den

Kogi doctor regains freedom after two days in kidnappers’ den

A medical practitioner who was kidnapped on Monday in Kogi, Dr. Solomon Nidiamaka, has regained his freedom.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nidiamaka, of General Hospital, Ugwolawo in Ofu Local Government Area of the state, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen around 8:30 am in the premises of the hospital.

A statement jointly issued by Chairman and Secretary of Nigerian Medical Association in the state, doctors Omakoji Oyiguh and Famotele Tolorunju respectively on Wednesday said that the kidnapped doctor was released on Tuesday.

“The State Officer Council of Nigerian Medical Association, Kogi, wishes to update all concerned that our member, Dr. Solomon Nidiamaka, who was kidnapped on July 19, regained his freedom from the cruel hands of kidnappers yesterday (Tuesday).

“He is being currently managed by his medical colleagues.

NMA appreciates the government of Kogi, security agencies, Chairman of Ofu Local Government Council, vigilantes and hunters’ association who all responded to the distress call and all those who called to show solidarity.

“We wish to inform the Federal Government that the kidnappers told our kidnapped colleague that they were in the business of kidnapping to be able to feed,” the association said.

It called on the Federal Government to continue to prioritise youth employment in order to de-escalate kidnapping, which has become a national malaise, leading to disruption in healthcare delivery, including brain drain.

NAN reports that the association did not, however, disclose if any ransom was paid to secure the release of their colleague.

Suspected armed men have abducted some students at Federal Government Girls College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State.

Details of the incident are still sketchy but there are reports that a security operative was shot dead during the operation.

According to Daily Trust, the attackers, who rode on motorcycles were said to have stormed the school from neighbouring Rijau forest.

They were said to have overpowered the mobile policemen guarding the school.

At least 30 students and three teachers were abducted, according to security sources.

This is the third known attack on a school in the country in the last three weeks.

On May 30, pupils were abducted from an Islamic School in Tegina, Niger State.

Two weeks later, bandits abducted staff and students at Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in Kaduna State.

different communities in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State have left 10 persons dead.

Sources claimed Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s relative who was a 200L student of the Benue State University Makurdi was also murdered in the attack.


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