Dr. Emem Moses Udoh, a Medical Doctor at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH kidnapped on Tuesday has been released by her abductors.
Dr. Emem was taken into captive during the early hours of of Tuesday morning, the 9th of January, 2018 by unknown armed men to an undisclosed destination.
Her properties including; Vehicle, TV set and mobile phones were forcefully taken along with her, leaving behind her eighteen (18) months old baby in the care of her little niece living with her.
Her kidnapped sparks the flame as the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Cross River State chapter under the Chairman, Dr. Effiong Mkpanam, withdrew services from the entire state including, Federal Government, State Government and Private owned hospitals.
Emem was the second Doctor kidnapped under the period of 14 days after Dr. Usang Ekanem was abducted on the 26th of December, 2017. Dr. Emem was kidnapped 3 days after Dr. Ekanem was released.
CALABAR REPORTERS is yet to be briefed whether a ransom was paid for her release as Cross Riverians pleads with NMA to commence operation within the state.
You will recall that the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Cross River State Branch in its Press Release of Friday 5th January, 2018 and a follow up Communique of Monday 8th January, 2018 had stated that any further kidnap of a Doctor or his/her dependant, will result in the immediate and indefinite withdrawal of Medical Services from our members in both Private, Public and Institutional Hospitals in the State (University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, General Hospitals, Medical Centers, Mission Hospitals and Private Clinics/ Hospitals).
The Nigerian Medical Association Cross River State for the avoidance of doubts said they cannot continue to safeguard the lives of others while theirs is under constant threat by armed bandits and kidnappers.
The release reads, “It surprisingly will appear at this point, that the various security organisations in the State are either helpless or are complicit in this kidnapping racketeering in Cross River State or how else will one explain the fact that a Doctor is kidnapped just within three (3) days of the release of another from kidnappers and the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are never identified and arrested”.
“Members are to immediately withdraw all medical services in all Hospitals; Private and Public, from the hills of Obanliku to the creeks of Bakassi LGA, until our colleague is released to us, SAFELY without any conditions”.
Although their second colleague has been released, but the NMA is yet to brief the press on when they are to resume commencement of services within the state.