The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Ebonyi State chapter on Friday staged a peaceful protest against the kidnap of Chief Medical Director of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki(FETHA), Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah and two other staff of the hospital.
Also kidnapped alongside the CMD are the Director of Finance of the Hospital, S.N Ugama and that of Administration, Chief Christopher Ogbu.
They were said to be returning from a meeting in Abuja when they were kidnapped near Lokoja, Kogi state on Thursday.
The doctors marched from FETHA two complex in Abakaliki to Government House where they were later addressed by Governor David Umahi.
Chairman of the Association, Austin Ikwudimma, while presenting their grievances to the governor, charged the Federal Government to do more to secure the lives and properties of its members and all Nigerians.
“We are here to register our displeasure, to let the state government convey this message to the federal government. Ebonyi state is doing its best and it is one of the safest states in the federation but it needs to do more.
“Federal government needs to do more on the issue of security especially as regards to Doctors whose lives have been endangered. Apart from this kidnap, our members have been robbed. Our members have lost their vehicles; we have been intimidated and harassed. These things are coming as if we are targets.
“This is why we are here to tell the federal government to improve on the security situation in the country and ensure that our members are returned to us unhurt,” he said.
Responding, Governor Umahi assured that the state government is doing everything possible to secure the release of the three victims.
“Be assured that I am doing everything possible to make sure that they are released. I know how you people suffer sleepless nights and so on and so forth. So, you shouldn’t be working in fear. Again, accept my apologies for what happened. We are doing everything possible to ensure that they are released,” Umahi said.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Kenneth Ugbala said the government is liaising with relevant agencies to secure the release of the three hospital officials.
“Government will put every machinery in motion to ensure they are released unhurt and we want to assure that we are going to create more partnership with the federal government so that with our synergy, we can achieve more results”.