An Ophthalmologist of Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital,the Rivers State-owned apex hospital, Mrs I B Aprioko, has been kidnapped.
She was kidnapped on Sunday, January 10, on her way to church in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. The Rivers state branch of Medical and Dental Consultant Association (MDCA) has condemned the abduction of their colleague.
The public relations officer of the MDCA, Dr. Alali Dan Jumbo, called for the immediate and unconditional release of the kidnapped medical doctor. Jumbo also regretted the continuous abduction of medical doctors by unknown gunmen in Rivers state, describing it as worrisome.
According to Dr Jumbo: ” We condemn the recent kidnap of Dr Mrs I. B Apriokor by unknown gunmen. This is one kidnap too many of Medical Doctors in the state.We appeal to the Kidnappers to release her unconditionally because her family, colleagues and her patients need her.
”Medical Doctors are wondering why they are targets of kidnapers in recent times by unknown gunmen. This very sad because we are civil servants even if we answer the name; Doctors. The title gives you a high profile but we are basically Civil servants. And I don’t see any financial gain from kidnapping a Doctor. It is so traumatic on her family, colleagues and Patients. We are feeling very bad right now.”
It would be recalled that On April 28, 2015, Dr. Mrs Uju Onatai, a physiotherapist with the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) who was kidnapped on her way to work was set free by her abductors after a week in the hands of her abductors.
Dr. Onatai was set free with a gun shot wound inflicted on one of her legs by her abductors while in captivity.
Her husband, Dr. Lucky Onatai, a medical doctor and staff of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital did not disclose if any ransom was paid. Abductors had demanded for N50 million ransom.
Another female doctor, Mrs Khadijat Alhassan of UPTH, whose kidnap necessitated a strike by medical doctors was released on Christmas day, Friday December 25, after spending fifteen days in the custody of her abductors.