by DENNIS NAKU


…demand N50m ransom

Gunmen have kidnapped a physiotherapist attached to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Dr (Mrs.) Oju Onotai.

Onotai was kidnapped on her way to work at the UPTH Monday morning, even as the hoodlums are demanding a ransom of N50 million before releasing her.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists has called on the police and other security agencies to put extra-effort in rescuing their member.

Chairman of the society in the state, Dr. Apollos Akomako, who confirmed the kidnap, expressed surprise that doctors have now become a target for kidnappers.

He said: “What is happening in Rivers State now is unfortunate. Why would doctors who are rendering selfless services to members of the society become target of kidnappers?

“I am also surprised that they (kidnappers) are demanding for N50 million to free her. I use this opportunity to call on the police and other security agencies to rise to the occasion and ensure her early release.”

Akomaku expressed regret that doctors were being targeted for kidnap despite the selfless services they render to members of the public.

He also appealed to the abductors to release her unconditionally.

Doctors have become targets of kidnap in recent times in the state with over four abducted, while one of them died in kidnappers’ den.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ahmad Mohammad could not be reached to confirm the abduction, as he did not pick calls put across to his mobile phone.

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