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NMA Cross River Declares Indefinite Strike Over Kidnapped Doctors

Following the kidnapping of two of its members, Dr. Omini and Dr. Egong, on November 18th along the Calabar-Ikom Highway, Okomita-Uyanga axis (Akampka) in Cross River state, the Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River state, has declared a complete and indefinite strike.

The choice, according to Vanguard, was made at a late-night emergency general meeting on Sunday in Calabar.

After discussions about the issue at hand, members unanimously decided to activate strike protocol, according to a statement released and signed by the association’s chairman and secretary, Drs. Felix Archibong and Etim Amaku.

They stated that following the activation of the reviewed “Strike Protocol” which provides for a window of 48hours by NMA-CRS to the government to secure the unconditional release of their kidnapped member/dependant failing which they have no other option than to embark on a total and indefinite strike at the EGM, pending their release.

“Hence NMA-CRS has proceeded on a Total and Indefinite Strike, effective this evening, 20th November 2022. That the strike is total and indefinite and as such any violation by an individual attracts a fine.”

“The government should as a matter of urgency provide Security Patrols and Checkpoints on that axis of the road where the risk is greater and as a matter of urgency, commence the repairs of that section of the road to prevent attacks on vehicles who reduce their speed to be able to go through the bad roads.”

“We are not oblivious of the hardship these decisions may cause to its members and the general public, hence we call on all relevant security agencies to ensure the timely and safe release of our abducted colleagues,” they stated.

According to an earlier report by Vanguard, the kidnappers had called families of the doctors into their den to demand a whooping 100 million naira for their release.

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