Abducted female doctor freed in Kogi

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A Kogi-based medical doctor, Dr Rukayat Musa, who was kidnapped on 21st June 2022 has regained freedom from the hands of her abductors.

Musa was kidnapped along Geregu-Ajaokuta stretch of Geregu Ajaokuta- Lokoja road while returning from an official assignment at Anyigba in Kogi State.

The Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA), Kogi State chapter confirmed this on Sunday in a communique issued at the end of its Ordinary General Meeting (OGM).

The communique which was jointly signed by the State NMA Chairman
Dr Abubakar Hassan and Secretary
Dr Chimezie Udebuani said Dr Musa was released on Saturday 25th June 2022 unhurt after five harrowing days with the kidnappers in the forest.

The association observed the worsening security situation in Kogi State, noting that hoodlums are enjoying free reign and making life unbearable to the good people of the State.

According to NMA, some of its members have fled Kogi State, and more are still fleeing as a result of the poor security situation in Kogi State and Nigeria in general.

The statement further said, “As it stands now it is as if every citizen is waiting helplessly for his/her turn to be kidnapped. The security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police, are understaffed and are not as sophisticated in technology and weaponry as the kidnappers.

“Kidnappers have become more emboldened and daring because of lack of capacity of the security agencies. Kidnapping of medical doctors and health professionals in Kogi State has capacity to disrupt medical and healthcare services, and also create tension amongst the practitioners”.

The association however call on the government, particularly the Kogi State Government to immediately step up effort at supporting the security agencies to upgrade their capacity to deal with kidnapping in the State, adding that, there is need to reverse this ugly situation of insecurity in the State so that the other achievements of government will not pale into irrelevance.

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