Just a few hours after her medical colleagues staged a peaceful protest against her kidnap, Dr Olusola Otulana (Mrs) of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), has been released by her captors.
The ophthalmologist, who was kidnapped six days ago was set free, late Wednesday night in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, south west Nigeria.
The chairman of Nigerian Medical Association, (NMA) in the state, Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki disclosed this in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Dr Otulana who is a consultant ophthalmologist and senior lecturer at OOUTH, Sagamu, was kidnapped last Friday along Imota and Ijebu-Ode road, while returning from Ikorodu in Lagos State.
The abductors had demanded a ransom of N50 million before releasing her. It is however not confirmed if the family members paid the ransom before she was released.
Her release came after doctors in the state staged a peaceful protest on Wednesday, demanding her release. They threatened to embark on indefinite strike if she wasn’t released in 48 hours.
Announcing her release to the journalists on Thursday, Dr Alayaki, stated that “after the rally we had yesterday, around 8:30pm the woman was released and we have spoken with her and we have confirmed that she has been released”.
While thanking God that she was released safely without any physical injury, the NMA Chairman prayed that such should not reoccur in the state.
He called on the security agencies to beef up security around the citizens of the state.
Dr Otulana was said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital where she is currently receiving treatment.