By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Gunmen attacked another medical doctor of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, Dr. Longe, in the early hours of Tuesday but he narrowly escaped death after the assailants broke into his home in Aule in Akure metropolis.
The attack is coming barely a week after Dr. David Oguntuase, a paediatrician at the centre, was suspected to have been assassinated. He was burnt beyond recognition in his clinic in Akure.
Incidentally, Dr. Alonge and Dr. Oguntuase were on the list of persons accused of threatening the life of the FMC’s Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Olufemi Omotoso, forwarded by the CMD to the police for interrogation.
Dr. Longe told our correspondent on Tuesday that the attackers broke through his door violently brandishing dangerous weapons and threatening to kill him.
“They actually did not ask for anything. They said they came to kill me. For over 30 minutes I pleaded with them to spare my life, and somehow they changed their minds,” the traumatized medical doctor said.
He said he was hit with a metal and manhandled in the presence of his wife and children.
“I can only say that I escaped through the help of God. They came in about 2 am. They were two that came in and we suspected that there were others waiting outside,” he said.
He said the gunmen eventually went away with his computers, money and his mobile phones.
Dr. Longe said the matter had been reported at the Okuta Elerinla Police Station in Akure.
Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, December 30, 2014, the Nigerian Medical Association, Ondo State Chapter, called on government and its agencies to provide security for the other eight members alleged to be after the life of Dr. Omotoso to forestall any threat to their lives.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the latest incident. He said the police would do all within its powers to apprehend the criminals.