- Suspected kidnappers have abducted a medical doctor while attending to patients in Rivers state
- It was gathered that the kidnappers had earlier kidnapped a pregnant woman in Bitie community
- The coordinator of national youth council of Nigeria in Tai local government area, Mgbor Clarkson, said Bitie community has become tense up because of two kidnap incidents
Barely five days after suspected kidnappers abducted a pregnant woman in Bitie community in Tai local government area of Rivers state, a medical doctor, Dr. Matthew Olubiyi, was on Wednesday, September 12, abducted in his consulting room in the hospital in the same community.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, reports that eyewitness said the doctor dragged the doctor out of his consulting room, ordered him into a waiting car and took him away.
"The abductors swooped on him while he was attending to patients. At gunpoint, he was dragged out and ordered into a waiting getaway car and they zoomed away", the eyewitness said.
Speaking with NAIJ.com in a telephone call, the coordinator of national youth council of Nigeria in Tai local government area, Mgbor Clarkson, lamented that Bitie community has become tense up because of two kidnap incidents within five days.
He said: "The doctor was attending to patients when kidnappers swooped on him at gunpoint and whisked away from by forcing him inside a getaway girl. A nursing sister on ground called to inform me. Patients have to scamper for their safety.
"The security situation in Bitie community is becoming unbearable. The security in Tai is getting out of hand and cannot be left entirely in hands of Tai people alone. Residents in Bitie are worried about the what is happening in the community within a period of the interval of five days."
Similarly, some residents of Alakahia community in Obio-Akpor local government area, a suburbs of Port Harcourt have equally raised the alarm over the incessant attacks of hoodlums in broad daylight robberies in the area.
It was gathered that Alakahia is one of host communities to the University of Port Harcourt and majority of off campus students reside there. They too have been victims of the attacks.
The residents said that hoodlums rob in broad daylight, targeting, phones, laptops and other valuables, adding that the state government should beef up security in the area through regular police patrol.
According to a female resident, "The move in a gang of about 12 boys, raiding shops, abduct and ra.pe girls at will. There is no day we don't hurriedly close our shops and run for our dear lives because of hoodlums."
Efforts by NAIJ.com to get comments from the police on the incidents proved abortive as repeated calls put across to the spokesman of the state command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni did not get through.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state promised to sign the death warrant of anyone convicted of kidnapping in the state.
The governor made the promise on Thursday, March 15, when he signed three new security-related bills into law. He vowed that criminal activities in the state will be fought to a standstill by his administration.
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