Abia State Government, yesterday, described as unfortunate and barbaric last week’s kidnapping of Prof Uwadinachi Iweha, a 74-year-old Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, who served the state meritoriously at different times as the Chief Medical Director of Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) Aba and Abia State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Umuahia.
The State’s Information Commissioner, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo, in a statement, said that the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu is particularly pained by the act, especially given the age and fragility of the health of this distinguished Abian.
He stated that in the last seven years, the medical community and indeed all Abians have enjoyed peace and security through the pragmatic and proactive approach of Governor Ikpeazu, adding that in this particular instance, the state government is leaving no stone unturned.
The commissioner appealed to all citizens in the state to remain calm and maintain the peace, while the needful is being done to effect the rescue of the abducted doctor.
He said: “We identified with the Nigerian Medical Association, the kidnapped family and other stakeholders at this critical time and urge all stakeholders to work quietly together at this stage towards guaranteeing the safety of the Professor and other citizens in the custody of these evil men.
“By the grace of God, as a responsive government charged with the responsibility of security and welfare of Abians everywhere, we are currently deploying all necessary measures and resources to secure the release of Prof Iweha.”
Doctors in the state under the aegis of Nigeria Medical Association NMA on Friday carried peaceful protest to the Government House, in Umuahia, the state capital, where they issued 48 hours threat to down tools, if their abducted colleague, who was said to have been abducted within his Amachara Umuokpara community near the state capital, was not rescued.
According to the state NMA Chairman, Dr. Chimezie Okwuonu, doctors are no longer safe to carry on their work of saving lives in the state.