Abakaliki- The Ebonyi Police command on Monday confirmed the kidnap of Dr Pius Mauyike, a consultant paediatrician at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, by gunmen.
Confirming the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Sylvester Igbo, the command’s Public Relations Officer, said the doctor was kidnapped on Sunday evening as he approached his private clinic at No. 15A Owerri Street, Abakaliki.
Igbo said that Mauyike, who is the owner of St. Marks Specialist Clinic, Abakaliki, was abducted with his vehicle, a black BMW, by two men armed with AK-47 rifles.
``His gate-man, who was simply identified as Peter, was shot dead as five shells of bullets were picked at the scene of the incident.
``The corpse of the deceased has been deposited at a mortuary, and the command has intensified efforts to trace the perpetrators of the dastardly act,’’ he said.
A doctor at the hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity, decried the spate of attacks on the hospitals’ doctors in recent times, noting that it was worrisome.
``Early this year, one of our doctors was nearly blinded by an Assistant Superintendent of Police for attending to his sick wife.
``Last week, another doctor was brutalised by relatives of a patient that died in the hospital over alleged complicity that turned out to be false.
``Efforts should be made by relevant authorities to ensure the safety of doctors to enable them to concentrate on discharging their duties,’’ he said.