From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
The Chairman, Kaduna state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Aliyu Usman Bappah yesterday hailed the release of a senior colleague, Dr Stephen Kitchener who was kidnapped by unknown persons in Zaria City of Kaduna state.
According to him, the Association was grateful to all those who contributed towards ensuring that the doctor regained his freedom.
It was gathered that the doctor was released on Sunday by his abductors in Zaria city but it was not clear whether ransom was paid for his release.
Speaking with Peoples Daily on phone, the chairman said it was high time for Nigerians to take their security in their hands by ensuring that they monitor their movements because Dr Kitchener’s ordeal could happened to anybody.
“We give thanks to God for his freedom after five days in captivity. But I want to use this opportunity to advice Nigerians, particularly our colleagues to be vigilant always because what happened to Dr. Kitchener can happen to anybody,” he said.
He further challenged the Federal Government to end kidnappings and insecurity in the country.
It was gathered that the septuagenarian refused to speak with the media on his experience and particularly how he was treated by his abductors.
Sources from the area said Dr. Kitchener has been reunited with his family after a thorough medical check-up was carried out on him at an undisclosed hospital.
Dr. Kitchener was abducted by unknown gunmen in front of his house in Tukur Tukur, Zaria at about 5pm last Tuesday on his return from work.
Kaduna state police commissioner, Umar Shehu confirmed his release saying they are intensifying investigation on his abduction to unravel those behind it.
He also denied speculations that ransom was paid to the kidnappers.