Members of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital chapter of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives yesterday took to the streets to protest the abduction of two nurses in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.
The two nurses, who are staff of UBTH, were identified as Osemelu Lydia and Ovbiosu Bose.
The two nurses were said to have been abducted on Wednesday afternoon along Oluku road in Ovia North East Local Government.
A total of four nurses of UBTH have been abducted since January this year.
The protesting nurses threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if their colleagues were not released before the end of Sunday.
The branch chairman of NANNM, Austin Osigbeme, who led the protesters, said both victims went to pick their children from school when they were abducted.
Osigbeme said, “We are calling them to make use of the money we paid them, as taxes, to buy arms and ammunition to protect us and not to protect themselves.
“They should use the arms and ammunition to protect us, not to oppress us. That is what we are asking them to do. We are calling on the governor to secure the state.”
Osigbeme said the abduction of nurses in the state has become a source of worry for the management of the hospital and the nurses.
“They are friends. They went for school runs. In the process of dropping her friend with her children, a jeep blocked them and took them away to an unknown destination.
“Our members are very worried now. We are worried to the extent that people are even afraid of coming to work, so that you will not be spotted in your uniform while at work.
“We are also worried that the security agencies are not doing anything about the matter. We cannot see what they are doing. Others who were abducted before now paid ransom and the kidnappers let them go,” Osigbeme said.
The aggrieved nurses protested to the palace of the Edaiken N’Uselu and the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Highness Eheneden Erediauwa.
The Edaiken, who addressed the protesters, through Chief Nosakhare Obadiaru, said, “The palace is against every form of kidnapping and will do everything possible to make sure that this thing is reversed.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Theodore Okafor, said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.