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Angry Abia women demand release of abducted 74-year-old Medical College Provost, Prof. Iweha

Umuokpara women in Abia, on Tuesday, protested against continued captivity of Prof. Uwadinachi Iweha.
L-R… Mrs Ngozi Iweha, wife of Prof. Iweha; Mr Maduakolam Odimba, President -General of Ezekele and HRM, Eze Godfrey Ibeakanma, Eze Ukwu 1 of Umuokpara Autonomous Community, during the women’s protest in Umuokpara.

By Leonard Okachie
Umuahia, Aug. 9, 2022

The Umuokpara Ahiasa Women in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia, Tuesday embarked on a protest to demand the immediate release of 74-year-old Prof. Uwadinachi Iweha, abducted on June 5.
The protesters, led by Mrs. Victoria Asomugha, marched to the palace of the Traditional Ruler of Ezekele Autonomous Community, Eze Godfrey Ibeakanma.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it was the second protest by the women, who had held a similar action on July 25.
Iweha, a former Chief Medical Director, Abia State University, Aba, is the Provost, Gregory University’s Medical College, Amachara, Umuahia.
In a speech during the protest, Asomugha said the women were not happy that nine weeks after Iweha was abducted by gunmen, his whereabouts are yet unknown.
“We, the Umuokpara women, Ahiasa, are not happy because of the kidnap of our son.
“Our son went to church but he did not come back.
“We want him alive because he has a lot of work to do for us.
“We want Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu and the security agencies to please, search and locate our son wherever he is,” she said.
Addressing the women, Eze Ibeakanma commended them for their doggedness and concern, describing their action as proper.
He said he had not forgotten that they thronged his palace on the same issue about two weeks ago.
He said that although the State Government, the Police and other security agencies were trying their best, they should redouble their efforts to secure the victim’s release.
“We know that the governor has tried and promised to pay N5 million to anyone that could provide any information on how our son could be found.
“Since we are alive, there is still hope because somebody is not supposed to miss in the house of God.
“It is only God that performs miracles, and we expect His miracle in this matter that hurts us so severely,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, told NAN that the command had intensified its search for the victim.
Also, the President-General of the community, Mr. Odimba Maduakolam, appealed to the government and security agencies to help quicken the release of Iweha.
In a speech, the victim’s family stated that it was still in shock over the abduction of their patriarch.
The speech, which was issued to newsmen by the victim’s son, Chukwudi, confirmed that a ransom was paid a day after their father was abducted.
He, however, regretted that the family had yet to hear anything from the abductors.
“As a family, we had not been able to discern the motive behind this act or point accusing fingers at anybody.
“We have our trust in God that he will return and be reunited with us in good health,” Chukwudi said.
NAN recalls that the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Abia State chapter, had held several protests to also push for the release of their member.
The body later declared a strike every Tuesday to reinforce its call on the abductors to release the victim.

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