By ABIRHIRE THOMAS
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, on Tuesday January 03, 2023, received members of the Nigerian Medical Association, Delta State Chapter, in his office.
The purpose of the meeting was about the death of Dr. Uyi Iluobe, who was murdered in his hospital, Olivet Clinic, Oghareki, Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State on December 29, 2022.
A statement to the effect, issued by the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that on the said date, a female patient whose name and address are not known came to the hospital at about 1940 hours pretending to have abdominal pain.
“While the doctor was attending to her, she made a phone call to the suspects whom she deceptively invited to come and pay her bill and that she was being treated by the doctor. Moments later, the hoodlums stormed the hospital in a Toyota vehicle, entered the doctor’s office, and shot him twice in the chest, leading to his death. The purported female patient fled alongside the suspects.”
The Commissioner of Police, while extending his heartfelt condolences to the family members of the deceased medical doctor and also members of the Nigerian Medical Association, reassured them that the case would be thoroughly investigated to ensure that the deserved justice is served.
According to the statement, it was unfounded to say that family of a dead patient were responsible for the murder of the doctor.
“Finally, it is pertinent to state clearly that the rumours making rounds that the family members of a supposedly dead patient were responsible for the murder of the doctor is completely false and should be disregarded as there is no record of any patient that died prior to the unfortunate incidence.
“The Command thus wishes to finally use this opportunity to seek assistance of all and sundry in our effort to lift the veil off the face of the perpetrators,” the statement said.