Medical Doctors in Kogi State on Tuesday took to the streets in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, in protest of their colleague, Dr Austin Uwumagbe’s abduction.
Uwumagbe, the Director of Victory Hospital-Annex at Ogaminana, in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State was kidnapped last week.
Six days into his time at the kidnappers’ den, his colleagues during the protest said doctors have become soft target for criminal elements
Speaking, the Kogi State Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Olusola Baoku, said over 48 doctors had been kidnapped in the last two years across the country, adding that there is a misconception that medical practitioners are rich and would find it convenient to settle ransom.
His word, “Some of our members are agitated and restless because nobody knows who will be kidnapped next. People are no longer safe to go to work.
“You will find out that when a doctor gets salary, it will always remain peanuts since they have spent it in settling different debts. They should stop kidnapping doctors for ransom, because we are very poor. Our accounts are empty.”