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More details have emerged on how a medical Dr Uyi Iluobe, was shot dead by gunmen in his hospital at Olivet clinic on December 29, 2022 in Oghara, Ethiope West local government area in Delta State.
The new revelations are as shocking and sketchy, hitherto.
Recalled PIJAlance had reported that on the 29th of December 2022, the medical doctor was shot dead in his hospital after attending to a patient. It has been gathered that a yet to be identified female patient had approached the clinic and met the doctor with complaints of serious abdominal pains.
As the doctor was attending to the patient, she began making some calls of which the doctor asked her and she claimed she wants to call her relatives to come and clear the hospital bills. This was the new revelation disclosed by Nigerian Medical Association, on Thursday.
The “relatives” of the patient, reportedly arrived in a Toyota hilux and headed for the doctor’s office where they shot him dead before fleeing the scene with the disguised female patient.
The incident has generated so much uproar in the state as members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) have threatened to down tools. This report debunks the initial narrative making the rounds that the killing was carried out by relatives of a patient who died in the hospital some time ago.
The Police Public Relations officer, Delta State police command DSP Bright Edafe in a statement said “the rumor making rounds that he (medical doctor) was murdered by the family of the patient who died in the hospital is false. There is no record of any patients death in the hospital, however, we are investigating to unravel the reason he was murdered and also arrest the suspects”.
Meanwhile, the governor of delta state and the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, condemned the murder of the medical doctor.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor said that the killing was not only barbaric but reprehensible.
He charged the security agencies to intensify the investigation into the dastardly act and leave no stone unturned in fishing out the assailants and bringing them to justice.
Governor Okowa reiterated that the killing of the medical doctor was unjust adding that it was an act by agents who are against the peace and progress of the state.
He commiserated with the family of the diseased and called on residents to be vigilant and report all criminal activities to security operatives.
He also passed a stern warning to criminals living in the state to leave the state as all criminal acts will be tracked, unraveled and prosecuted.