A former Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in Edo
State, Dr Philip Ugbodaga and two other medical doctors whose
identities are yet to be known have been reportedly kidnapped by
Ugbodaga and his two colleagues were said to have been abducted Friday
at Umuaka, in Isu local government area of Imo State, where they had
gone to render free medical services to some communities, which was
organised by their friend who was championing free medical services to
members of the community.
The incident happened when a vehicle suspected to have been trailing
them ordered them to stop, following which Ugbodaga and the two other
doctors were forcefully taken away to unknown destination at gunpoint
by the suspected kidnappers.
At the time of this report, the suspected kidnappers were yet to establish
contact with Dr. Ugbodaga’s family, but the abduction of the political
and social crusader has thrown members of his family in Enwan, Akoko-
Edo local government area of Edo state, into anguish and confusion.
Security agencies are said to have commenced investigation into the
kidnap, even as family members were reluctant to comment on the
Meanwhile, condemnation has trailed the kidnap of the doctors.
Reacting to the incident in a press statement, Aiyamenkhue Edokpolor,
Convener of Edo Focus, a platform for political and socio-economic
discourse about Edo State, in which Ugbodaga is an active member,
called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to swing into
action and rescue Ugbodaga and his colleagues and arrest the
“The news of Dr. Phillip Ugbodaga’s kidnap came to us as a rude shock
because apart from his easy-going lifestyle, he is an indefatigable
advocate for the emancipation of the poor; the preservation of the rights
of oppressed Nigerians and health care provider for the vulnerable
citizens of Edo and Nigeria.
“For us, there is certainly no justification for such a person in
Ugbodaga’s standing to be kidnapped, assuming the perpetrators
consider moral grounds as a precursor for their action. However, we are
appealing to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to
deploy his professional expertise towards the safe release of our dear
brother and comrade.
“We condemn in the strongest term possible, the kidnap of Dr. Philip
Ugbodaga. And while appealing to the Edo state Government to support
the rescue campaign, we urge Edo youths to remain calm as the law
enforcement agencies will unravel the mystery behind this inhuman
“We like to place on record that we will privately examine the factors
and characters behind this ungodly incident, while pledging to sustain the
culture of peaceful disposition; but we will not take kindly to the
rumours that Fulani herdsmen are behind this nefarious gambit,” the
Also reacting, the immediate past President of the NMA, and member of
Edo Focus, Dr Osahon Enabulele, said “it’s really sad that our brother,
Dr. Philip Ugbodaga was kidnapped by some faceless individuals.
While I urge all to fervently pray for his speedy release, I commend all
on-going efforts being made to secure his safe release. Undoubtedly,
our brother’s kidnap is yet another reminder of the failure of the