One of the abducted health workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo in Ondo State, has been freed, the heavily pregnant medical doctor was released on Thursday at about 2am on Owo road.
Five staff members of the Federal Medical Centre and the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, both in Owo, were on Tuesday evening abducted by some gunmen at Amurin village on the Akure-Owo Expressway in the Owo Local Government Area of the state, who was on his way to work. They demanded the sum of N50million as ransom, SaharaReporters reports.
SaharaReporters learnt that the female doctor, identified as Mrs. Ayeku, was freed from captivity due to her condition. A source at the FMC, who confirmed her release, said the doctor was receiving treatment at a hospital in Akure.
The source, who preferred not to be named, said the doctor was released after the family paid ransom.
“Truly, I can confirm to you that one of our workers who was kidnapped on Tuesday has now been released. I gathered that she was freed due to her condition, but not until her family parted with the sum of N2million as ransom,” the source said.
“She is currently receiving treatment in a hospital in the state capital, and I am aware the female doctor is doing fine.”
Femi Joseph, Police Spokesperson at the Ondo State Police Command, confirmed the doctor’s release via a phone call with SaharaReporters in Akure.
Joseph said the pregnant doctor was released on Thursday midnight along the Owo road after the Police combed the forest for several hours in search of the victims.
“Yes, one of the abducted victims was released today and she is the pregnant doctor,” he said.
“They released her at the midnight when they noticed that the Police was close to them. We have received her, and she is currently receiving treament in the hospital due to the trauma that she faced in the thick forest. But let me assure you that we shall not relent in arresting the pepetrators of this crime and we will bring them to book, so they can face justice.
“The Ondo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, has set up a rescue team to ensure that others still in captivity are rescued unhurt.”
At the time of filing this report, it was gathered that the Ondo Police Commissioner had already summoned a meeting with heads of all security agencies in the state.