One of the doctors, whose abduction prompted a protest by medical doctors in Delta State on Wednesday, has escaped from his kidnappers.
Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Delta chapter, Dr. Chuks Abaninwa, had said the peaceful rally was because three doctors had been kidnapped in the last one week.
According to reports, one of the doctors was forcibly taken away in front of the hospital gates where he works; while another was kidnapped in front of his house at Ekete waterside in Udu Local Government Area.
The kidnappers demanded N5m from each of the victims before they could be released, with a threat to kill them if they failed to pay the ransom.
But Police spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, said on Thursday that when the kidnappers noticed that the police were closing in on them, they abandoned their victim and escaped.
He added that the second doctor had been released by his captors, but could not confirm if any ransom was paid before he was freed.
‘’One of the doctors escaped from the kidnappers as our team closed in on their hide-out in a Hillux patrol van. The commissioner has the lead information on the kidnappers and every effort is being made to track them down,’’ Muka said.
The leadership of the state NMA had earlier declared a two-day ‘’no work day’’, to press home their demand for more security for doctors.
The aggrieved doctors, all dressed in their white lab coat, had visited the state Police Command Headquarters in Asaba, as well as some media outfits with placards condemning the kidnap of their members.
Muka said the state Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba, could not address the protesters on Wednesday because he was attending a state security council meeting in Warri.