JOHESU shut down activities at the Irrua Specialist Hospital to protest against the kidnap of the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Sylvanus Okogbeni.
The state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has however assured the people of the state that security agencies are working assiduously to rescue Okogbeni, who was kidnapped on Monday by gunmen in Benin-city.
This came as authorities of the Specialist Hospital said no word has been heard from the abductors.
Okogbeni was kidnapped by shooters at Ramat Park in the city after they took shots at his motorcade which caused the demise of two cops connected to him while his own driver and someone else in his guard supported got gunshot wounds.
The abductors were said to have trailed the CMD through the Auchi-Benin street before they swooped on him at the famous Ramat Park in Ikpoba Okha chamber region of the state.
The protesting workers demanded that they would not come back to work until the hijacked CMD is released ‘in light of the fact that he has been a good doctor.
The Public Relations Officer of the emergency clinic, Mr. Ernest Odigie Ohue, said most staff took to the road to express their displeasure immediately they got wind of the information.
In the interim, Obaseki has guaranteed that the security agencies are working steadily to find the whereabouts of Okogbeni.
The governor said , “we have stepped up surveillance in the past weeks in the state with our new security architecture. Citizens have been going about their daily activities peacefully. But the kidnap of the CMD is a setback. Edo people should be assured that security agencies will certainly trail the kidnappers and rescue Okogbeni.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Danmalam Mohammed, has also assured the people that men of the state Police Command are on the trail of the kidnappers.
The commissioner said “the state is the most peaceful in the South-south region despite the recent kidnap incident, noting that “Edo is the most peaceful state in the South-south region, and we are putting in our best to ensure that the state remains peaceful. We are strategising to checkmate the activities of criminals.
“The kidnap of CMD is quite unfortunate and sad. We lost two of our gallant police officers in the incident, but there were no civilian casualties. I am assuring members of the public that we are on the trail of the kidnappers and by God’s grace we shall arrest them.”