“The assailants visited Iluobe’s hospital, Olive Clinic, in Oghara-eki community in Delta State, on Thursday, December 29, 2022, where they saw him attending to another patient and shot him dead.
“According to sources familiar with the incident, the female patient, who is currently at large, had complained of severe body pain and was being given urgent attention, even without doing the necessary registration and documentation, when suddenly the assailants besieged the clinic and shot the doctor dead.
“The sources added that immediately after the gunshot, the supposed patient hurriedly joined the assassins as they all eloped in a car parked outside the hospital.
“It was gathered that the assassins all left without being challenged, as the fear gripped hospital staff were still lying face down.
“The sources further said Iluobe had received numerous threats in the course of his services either by patients who did not want to pay for services rendered, or those who felt he should offer free care to them by force,” the news website reports.
The incident has angered the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) which has called on the country’s security agencies to investigate the tragic incident and bring the perpetrators to book.
In a statement by the association’s President, Dr Uche Ojinmah, it condemned the gruesome murder of their colleague. The statement went on further to entreat Nigeria’s National Assembly to make a law that makes violence against healthcare workers a serious crime that attracts severe punishments.