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Doctors in Cross River begin strike over kidnap of colleagues

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Cross River State chapter, on Monday embarked on an indefinite strike over the kidnap of its members on November 18.

The kidnapped medical practitioners were Dr Joshua Omini, a staff of General Hospital in Ugep community, Yakurr local government area of Cross River and Dr Ekpo Egong of General Hospital, Calabar.

NMA announced the strike in a communiqué jointly signed by its state Chairman, Dr Felix Archibong and the Secretary, Dr Amaku Asuquo, after an emergency meeting in Calabar on Monday.

The communiqué stated that the medical doctors were kidnapped on the Ekomita-Uyanga axis of the Calabar Ikom highway.

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The association said that its members observed with dismay the lack of security personnel, patrols or checkpoints on the said stretch of road in spite of a previous reported case of kidnap on November 15.

“Members observed the deplorable state of the road especially from Okomita to Uyanga, all in Akamkpa local government area.

“This deplorable state of the road causes vehicular movement around that area to proceed at minimal speed, hence providing an advantage to these criminal elements to perpetuate their evil intentions.

“NMA in Cross River has embarked on an indefinite strike from Monday Nov. 21, 2022 in solidarity with her members still in the hands of their abductors.

“The government should activate all necessary instruments at its disposal to ensure the timely and unconditional release of our members in the hands of their abductors.

“The state government should as a matter of urgency provide security checkpoints and patrol vehicles at vulnerable areas of the road,” the body said.

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