The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has confirmed the kidnapping of one of its members, Dr Austin Uwumagbe.
Dr Uwumagbe was reportedly abducted shortly after leaving his hospital, Victory Hospital-Annex at Ogaminana, Adavi Local Government Area, on Tuesday night at about half past eight.
Kogi State NMA chairman, Dr Baoku Olusola, and secretary, Dr Emmanuel Bola Jonah, who confirmed this in a joint statement, requested the immediate release of the medical doctor to enable him to continue rendering his essential service to the people.
The statement condemned in strong terms the kidnapping of medical personnel, describing the act as unfortunate and unacceptable.
The statement reads: “We write to notify you of the kidnapping of our colleague, Dr Austin Uwumagbe, who was said to have been abducted shortly after leaving his hospital (Victory Hospital-Annex) at Ogaminana, Adavi LGA of Kogi State. He was said to have been abducted with his car, an ash-coloured 406 Peugeot with registration number DAV 561 AA, at about 8:30 pm last night, September 19, 2023.”
The association added that the matter has been reported to security agencies.