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Kidnapped Irrua hospital doctor regains freedom

BY GABRIEL    ENOGHOLASE
BENIN — THE resident doctor of the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Dr. Edeawe Osahogie, who was abducted on August 12, 2013 while returning home from the hospital has been released by his abductors.

President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), Dr. Charles Gigi in a statement, yesterday, confirmed that Osahogie was released Sunday night after over a week in captivity.

Gigi who did not say whether any ransom was paid, noted that the release of his colleague followed a protest march by members of the Association of Resident Doctors, MDCAN, private medical practitioners in the area and other doctors with the Chairman of the Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in attendance.

Gigi who was full of praises to God for the release of the abducted physician, expressed the appreciation of the resident doctors in the hospital to those who offered prayers for his release.

He also expressed thanks to the Chairman of the Board of Management, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Hon.(Chief) Boyelayefa Debekeme  for the role he played during the harrowing experience even as he expressed his gratitude to the hospital management for their support to the resident doctors during the ordeal.

“The resident doctors have been re-invigorated to continue to do their utmost to cater for the health of the populace by this act of  God’s mercy and call on government to ensure our safety as we help humanity,” he said.

 


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