NMA commences indefinite strike in Cross River over kidnapping of members

The Cross River chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has commenced an indefinite strike over the abduction of two of its members.

The strike action followed the non-release of the two abducted medical personnel over a week ago by gunmen.

Chairman of NMA in Cross River, Dr Felix Archibong and secretary Dr Amaku Asuquo said the decision was taken at an emergency meeting held on Thursday.

The abductees include Dr Joshua Omini, a staff with the General Hospital in Ugep, Yakurr LGA and Dr Ekpo Egong of the General Hospital, Calabar.

The incident occurred on November 18, 2022, along the Okomita-Uyanga axis of the Calabar Ikom highway.

The road has witnessed increasing numbers of kidnap as well as armed robbery attacks in the last two weeks. Nine motorists, including a white man, were kidnapped and taken into the Uyanga forests. However, security personnel rescued them soon after. Last Friday, seven others were similarly kidnapped.

The state governor had called on the federal government to supply him with Tucano aircraft and more soldiers to comb the nearby Uyanga forests.

In the NMA communique, they lamented the state of insecurity and called on the state government to help

They observed with dismay the lack of security personnel and patrols and or checkpoints on the said stretch of the road despite several kidnaps and armed robbery attacks

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

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

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