The Medical Director of Sterling Specialist Hospital in Borokiri, Rivers State, Dr. Kennedy Nyendike, has been kidnapped by gunmen.
Two of his staff, a medical doctor, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, and a receptionist, were shot during the operation, which lasted about six minutes.
The doctor was shot in the stomach while the receptionist was shot in one of her legs. It was gathered that the doctor is now in critical condition at the Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).The kidnappers stormed the hospital, a two-storey building, at about 8:30 on Sunday and ordered the patients and staffers to lie down, as they shot sporadically into the air and ransacked all the rooms in search of the medical director.
On arrival, they rushed to the first floor of the building, on the assumption that the medical director was there, but when they could not find him, they marched the receptionist to the ground floor and ordered her to show them where her boss was.
The frightened lady, took them to the consulting room, where Dr. Nyendike was, and they shot one of the doctors with him in the consulting room, before taking away the medical director in his vehicle.
The abductors later abandoned the vehicle at the Tourists Beach, Borokiri, and moved their victim into a waiting boat and sped off to an unknown destination.
According to a source, not even the sounds of gun shots could attract policemen to the scene. The same source disclosed that it was after the kidnappers had left the hospital that policemen arrived the scene to pick expended bullets and left.
However, it was the police that saw where Dr Nyendike’s vehicle was abandoned.
An eyewitness, who is also close to the medical director’s family, said the victim’s whereabouts remained unknown, saying his abductors had not demanded any ransom.
When contacted, the Rivers State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, said that the police were intensifying efforts to rescue the victim.