The Ebonyi State Police Command said that the kidnapped Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Ebonyi State and the Medical Director, Smile Hospital Abakaliki, Dr Johnson Obuna who was yesterday kidnapped by unknown gunmen, numbering about three, in Abakaliki was yesterday rescued from his abductors.
Dr Obuna, who was the former Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA according to the State Commissioner of Police, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdullah, who confirmed the kidnap, was abducted at about 8pm yesterday.
According to the CP; in the early hours of 8th September, 2015, a distress call was received by the operations control room of Ebonyi State Police Command that a medical doctor in Abakaliki had been kidnapped by hoodlums”.
“A combined team of SARS, Anti-kidnapping, SIB operation, patrol teams from central police station and Area Command, Abakaliki quickly swung into action and rescued the victim hale and hearty”.
The Commissioner of Police warned those who want to bring disquiet and disorder in the State to steer clear from the state adding that the command would engage such persons with all lawful force to ensure that they are dealt with.
The CP who stated that she believes in team work, noted that every police officer in the state is key to providing adequate security to Ebonyi community, adding that security is every one’s business.
It was gathered that Dr Obuna was yesterday kidnapped in his private hospital at Aguogboriga Estate in Abakaliki.
The doctor, who is an Obstetrician gynecologist with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki was kidnapped by unknown gunmen when he was about leaving his hospital after the day’s work.
Reacting to the incident, the Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Dr Agwu Umahi said the Association was currently holding an emergency meeting of the Association to sensitise members on the development so that all hands would be on deck to ensure his release immediately.
The association further threatened to embark on strike action tomorrow if their colleague was not released to them, adding that kidnap of medical doctors in the state has become a trend in the state and should be discouraged by security agencies in the state.