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Kidnapping In Benin Continues……Ex-UBTH CMD, Okpere Abducted

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San Francisco, Nov 07, (THEWILL) – The former Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Professor Eugene Okpere has been abducted in Benin City, Edo State, THEWILL can report.

The renowned Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecologist was abducted from his BDPA residence on Sunday morning as he was getting set to attend church service.

Sources told THEWILL that the gunmen have not made any demands.

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Edo State Chapter has however instructed its doctors statewide to withdraw clinical services from 9am on Monday, November 08, 2010, except for emergencies and in-patients, until he is freed, THEWILL has gathered.

Benin City has become notorious for incessant kidnapping for ransom. There have been hundreds of cases of abductions leaving the state police command often helpless.

A few months ago, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Apkolopkolo Oba Erediauwa, traditional worshippers, herbalists and chief priests of different deities converged in the state capital to invoke the spirits of ancestors to punish and inflict vengeance on armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals, including their backers in the state.