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Abducted UBTH nurse released

30 May 2016, 15:30

Ugbowo – The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Nurse who was kidnapped by gunmen has been released from her captives after a negotiation.

According to Punch, Nurse Rita Aiwelera, who was kidnapped by gunmen at Ugbowo in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, was released at about 10pm last Saturday, nearly a week after she was abducted.

It was reported that Rita was whisked away by gunmen in the presence of her children at Igun-Owina quarters at about 7:45pm last weekend.

The kidnappers, who reportedly forced her into a Toyota Highlander car, had also demanded a ransom of N10 million before she could be released.

Also read: Tearful reunion after Chibok girl Amina Ali rescued

Channels Television reported on Tuesday, the nurses at UBTH peacefully demonstrating against the kidnapping, they called on the Edo State government and the security agencies to ensure the release of their colleague.

The Chairman of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in UBTH, Osigbeme Augustine, decried the upsurge in the rate of kidnapping across Nigeria.

It was, however, learnt that the victim regained her freedom following a negotiation.

“Basically, we negotiated and at the end of the day, she was rescued. The police were not involved. She was released at about 10pm last (Saturday) night. They dropped her off along the bypass,” a source said.

The nurse was later taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

- News24 Nigeria


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