Killer Of Kidnapped Port Harcourt Doctor Shot Dead

One of the alleged leaders of a kidnap syndicate that abducted Samuel Okpara, a Port Harcourt-based medical doctor, was, on Friday, killed during a gun duel with security operatives at the Obite Waterfront in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The late Okpara, who was kidnapped from his hospital in Abuloma, Port Harcourt, last week, died in the hands of his abductors on Thursday, even as his colleagues took to the streets on Friday, protesting the incessant kidnapping of members in the state.

Confirming the death of the kidnappers’ gang leader, the state Police Commissioner, Mr Dan Bature, told the protesting doctors who marched to his office that his men engaged the hoodlums in a shootout at about 5:00a.m. on Friday.

He said a police corporal was injured during the gun duel that lasted several minutes, promising that efforts had been intensified to rescue victims who are still held hostage by kidnappers.

“The police, on Friday, at about 5:00 a.m. killed one of their (kidnappers’) gang leaders. The kidnappers injured one of our men during the shootout. We trailed them to their hideout and a shootout ensued,” Bature said.

Meanwhile, members of the Rivers State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have declared a seven-day mourning period in honour of Dr Okpara, who died five days after he was kidnapped in the den of his abductors.

Rivers NMA chairman, Dr Furo Green, said Okpara was forcefully taken from his office by gunmen last week, only for his remains to be found at a cassava farm in Borokiri, five days after.

Green further revealed that four medical doctors hadalso received kidnap threats from unknown persons, adding that medical practitioners were no longer safe to practice in the state.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, has said the recent spate of kidnapping of medical doctors operating in the state had become a matter of great concern. 


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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