Abducted Cross River medical doctor, Ekanem, regains freedom


A Cross River Senior Medical Doctor, Dr Usang Ekanem who was kidnapped late December last year has been released.

The state Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Dr Effiong Mkpanam told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar that Ekanem was released in the early hours of Sunday in Akamkpa.

It would be recalled that the NMA in a statement on Friday in Calabar threatened an indefinite withdrawal of medical services from public, private, mission, and institutional hospitals in the state from Jan. 8 over the kidnapped doctor.

Mkpanam, however, expressed joy over the release of the medical practitioner adding that the traumatised Ekanem was released safely to his family on Sunday morning.

He said, “As we speak right now, our colleague has been released; it is breaking news to us. I have seen him and the wife and we bless God that he has re-united with his family.

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“At the moment, he is highly traumatised, but we are grateful to God for his safe release.”