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JUST IN: Nigerian doctors declare indefinite strike over kidnapping in Cross River

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Cross River state chapter has declared a total and indefinite strike following the kidnap of two of their members, Dr. Omini and Dr. Egong on Friday 18th November along the Calabar-Ikom Highway, Okomita – Uyanga axis ( Akampka) in the state.

According to reports, the decision was taken during an emergency general meeting held late at night on Sunday, November 20, 2022, in Calabar.

In a release signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the association, Dr. Felix Archibong, and Dr. Etim Amaku respectively, stated that following the deliberations concerning the matter at hand, members unanimously agreed to activate strike protocol.

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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.

Meanwhile, the kidnappers had reportedly called families of the doctors in their den to demand a whooping 100 million naira for their release.

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