A week after a nurse working with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladenika, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, Dr Patrick Adegun, and his wife have also been abducted.
Adegun, who is a staff of EKSUTH, was kidnapped around 8 pm on Thursday along with his wife, Mrs. Kikelomo Adegun, and taken to an unknown destination.
They were kidnapped a few metres away from the gate of their house located at Goshen Avenue, Oke-Ila within the capital city Ado-Ekiti.
A source at the hospital confided in newsmen that none of the family members has been contacted by the kidnappers and that their whereabouts are still unknown as at the time of filing this report.
He said the medical practitioner had earlier attended a wake-keep at Nova Primary School, GRA in Ado-Ekiti and left the place in his Toyota Avensis car before calling at his wife’s shop to pick for the journey home.
“On getting home, they saw that the gate had been blocked with another car. And as they were making efforts to call the driver to order, they were rough handled and cramped into the car and driven away speedily.
“Though, they didn’t take the victim’s car away. Immediately we noticed that, we called the police and the SSS and they have started making contacts to ascertain their location,” he said.
The Chairman of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria in Ekiti, Dr Olusola Aduloju, who lamented the insecurity in the health sector, ordered members to withdraw their services until Adegun is found.
“We are taking this step so that the government can provide security for us. We are tired of this situation and we have ordered our men in EKSUTH to withdraw their services until our member and his wife are found”.
The Commissioner of Police of the Ekiti State Police Command, Mr Joshua Ibine, said he was in a meeting and promised to reach out to the press later.
The Special Assistant to Governor Fayose on Information, Mr. Lanre Ogunsuyi, said the government was deeply worried about the security situation.
He appealed to the doctors to shelve their resolve to suspend work until Adegun is found, saying such step won’t be in the interest of the state, particularly for those with critical ailments.