Doctors in Abia State on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of their services due to the non-release of their senior colleague, Prof Uwadinachi Iweha, kidnapped nine days ago.
Announcing this after a brief rally and prayer session, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Chimezie Okwuonu, said this was to press home their demand for the state and federal to ensure that their senior colleague is released.
Iweha was kidnapped on June 6, 2022 in front of his country home while returning from a church service.
According to Okwuonu, the abductors had on June 6 contacted the family, noting, however, that “nothing had been heard from them since then.”
The withdrawal of services, he said, would include public and private institutions “to register our displeasure on the non-release of Prof Iweha,” adding that emergency services would be maintained.
Okwuonu said, “With this kidnap and continued detention of Prof Iweha, we are not sure of our safety.
“Our safety isn’t guaranteed and it is difficult for us to work.
“We still plead with both the state and the Federal Government to ensure that Prof Iweha is released.”