How Irrual CMD, Prof Okogbeni Was Released
- Obaseki commends Security operatives
- Edo NMA Jubilates Over Release
The Chief Medical Director of the Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbeni who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen regained freedom on Wednesday morning.
NAIJA CENTER NEWS gathered that Okogbenin was dumped along Benin-Ekpoma road this morning.
The daredevil kidnappers abducted the CMD at Ramat Park Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area on his way to Benin.
The Kidnappers killed two police attached to him during the abduction.
A family source privy to the situation told NAIJA CENTER NEWS that the Doctor missed a few days of his life as he thought today was Saturday after he regained freedom.
The source said “He was released early hour of this morning. His abductors collected the ransom on Monday and promised to release him on Monday evening to Tuesday morning but they didn’t do that until Wednesday morning.
“I don’t know the exact amount that was paid because I was not involved in the negotiation. They dropped him along Benin, Ekpoma road.
“He was kidnapped and placed in a very dark room, he lost many days, he thought today was Wednesday. There was another lady there in the same room with him. “
The source expressed worry over the targetting of the staff of the hospital as a total of four members of staff had been abducted so far.
“So, he was released this morning and he got home and everyone was happy. Is that the end of everything, are we sure they are done because five days before his abduction, three people were kidnapped in the hospital. It seems staff of the hospital are targetted, so we are very worried,” the source expressed.
Obaseki Lauds Security Operatives
The Edo State governor through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie expressed gratitude for the safe return of the CMD on Wednesday.
He commended the security operatives and the general public while calling for calm and vigilance among residents.
The governor, who said this in the wake of the release of the CMD, commiserated with the families of security officials killed during the kidnap incident.
Obaseki said: “We are grateful to members of the public for their support and security agencies for their professionalism towards the release of the CMD, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbeni.
“I commend the security operatives for their steadfastness in ensuring his release. I thank Edo people for their support and prayers. I also call for vigilance among residents and security operatives to forestall future recurrence.”
Obaseki added: “The state government commiserates with the fallen police officers who put their lives on the line as first responders and I urge the families left behind to be strong and rest assured of government’s support in these extremely difficult times.
“We commiserate with the State Police Command over the loss of their colleagues and assure that government is strengthening its collaboration with all security agencies and deploying more resources to ensure that security is beefed up in the state to prevent the recurrence of this kind of incident.”
Edo NMA Jubilates Over Release
The Edo State Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) jubilated over the release of their colleague, with the doctors calling for improved security in the state.
The Chairman of the Association, Dr. Valentine Omoifo said the good news came as they were planning protest for today, Wednesday and had already mobilised their members.
He said, “the association expresses its gratitude over the release of the CMD, which forced us to shelf a protest planned to register our displeasure and concern over his continued stay in the kidnappers’ den.”
Dr Omoifo called on the state government to improve the security of the state and adopt community policing.
He urged staff of the Irrua Specialist Hospital to resume work, adding that nothing will deter the doctors from discharging their duties.