Unknown gunmen Thursday abducted two nurses Mr. Awaji-Owa Ntendeng Hebron and Mrs Nwikina Felicia who were under the employment Erama General Hospital in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local government area of Rivers State.
As at the time of filing in this report, a source from Era general hospital said Mrs. Nwikina who was brutalized alongside with the colleague escaped from the hands of the gunmen bleeding seriously.
The source said Nwikina told them that the gunmen thought that as a woman she will not be a problem to them and they treated her with levity which led to her escape at the forest.
Narrating how the gunmen abducted the two nurses, Mr. Obi Gentle Welly, a nurse working in the hospital where the incident took place said the gunmen broke into the hospital compound and abducted the two nurses.
Welly who is the General Secretary, National Association Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) said before the victims were abducted the gunmen descended on them with their safety boots, guns and machetes.
He said the gunmen have demanded for N5million ransom, adding that the remaining nurse in captivity like other nurses who were engaged the same year with him has not been paid by the State government for more than three years due to issue relating to their employment letter.
He called on his abductors to unconditionally free the victim considering his financial status.
Welly said: “About 1:30 am yesterday, a group of armed men numbering about eight broke into the compound of Erama General Hospital. The first thing they said was where is the money. And the next thing they forced the two nurses out and made away with them.
“Not only that, they also made away with some of our phones, money, laptops and other valuable, that was after beating the two nurses. We want to thank God that Mrs. Nwikima escaped from the forest where she was taken to. We are also pleading and praying for the return of the other nurse.
“The gunmen have contacted us demanding for N5million, as a group our hearts are in serious pains as we do not know the state of our abducted colleague. The entire nurses in Erama General Hospital and ONELGA unit of NANNM are weeping helplessly and calling for the immediate release of our colleague.”
When contacted the Rivers State Police Public Relations, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, after a text message on the issue was forwarded to his phone, said the police is yet to get the detail of the kidnap issue.