Kidnapped medical doctor regains freedom in Kogi

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

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

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

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

”He is being currently managed by medical colleagues.

“NMA appreciates the government of Kogi, security agencies, Chairman of Ofu Local Government Council, vigilantes and Hunters’ all responded to the distress and all those 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 youth in order to de-escalate kidnapping, which had 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 the kidnapped doctor. (NAN)