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Hijacking: The NMA begins an indefinite strike in Cross River

After failing to release two medical personnel who were kidnapped by gunmen over a week ago, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Cross River State chapter has embarked on an indefinite strike.

Cross River NMA President Dr Felix Archipong and Secretary Dr Amako Asuku said the decision was made at an emergency meeting held today.

Among those abducted were Dr. Joshua Omini, an employee of the General Hospital of UGB, Yakur LGA, and Dr. Ekpo Egong of the General Hospital of Calabar.

The accident occurred on November 18, 2022, along the Okomita-Uyanga axis on the Calabar Ikom Highway.

The road witnessed increasing numbers of kidnappings and armed robberies during the past two weeks. Nine motorists, including a white man, were kidnapped and taken to the forests of Oyanga. However, they are rescued by security personnel soon after. Last Friday, seven more were similarly kidnapped.

The state’s governor had called on the federal government to provide him with tucano planes and more soldiers to comb the nearby Oyanga forests.

In the NMA’s statement, they lamented the insecurity and called on the state government to help

They note with alarm the lack of security men, patrols and/or checkpoints along the aforementioned road despite the many kidnappings and armed robbery attacks.

“Members have noted the deplorable condition of the road especially from Okometa to Oyanga, all in the Akamkapa Local Government Area. This deplorable condition of the road causes vehicles to move around that area at minimal speed, thus providing an advantage for these criminal elements to perpetuate their evil intentions.

The NMA of Cross River has therefore embarked on an indefinite strike starting Monday, November 21, 2022 in solidarity with its members who are still in the hands of their captors.

The commission called on the government to activate “all the necessary tools at its disposal to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of our members from the hands of their kidnappers.”

They also urged the state government to “urgently provide security checkpoints and patrol vehicles in vulnerable areas of the road”.

The NMA statement also called on the state government to carry out urgent repairs to the damaged section of the road which slows the movement of vehicles and promotes easy attacks by thieves and kidnappers.

According to the residents of the hub, the presence of military personnel and their equipment was observed.

Hijacking: The NMA begins an indefinite strike in Cross River

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