Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Rivers State NMA Threaten Strike Over Abduction of Doctors

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Rivers State Chapter have expressed their anger at the spate of kidnapping of doctors in the state and have threatened to go on strike if their kidnapped members are not released within 48hrs.

The two doctors in question, Dr. Isaac Opurum and Dr. Ib Aprioku, were abducted by gunmen on separate occasions.

Dr Opurum, the Director, Community House Services, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Board was abducted at about 3am from his Port Harcourt residence by hoodlums who forced their way into his inner room, while Dr. Aprioku, who works with the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, was kidnapped on her way to church on Sunday.

According to reports, armed bandits waited for her around the church before she was kidnapped, even as her children were abandoned in her vehicle.

Dr. Furo Green, the State's NMA Chairman, has condemned the increasing level of kidnapping in the state, adding that most of the abductions were targeted at doctors and this has put fear in the minds of doctors in the state.

He pointed out that some members of the families of the victims, who paid ransoms for their kidnapped relatives to regain freedom had yet to repay the money borrowed to pay ransom several months after.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, said investigation had begun into the two incidents with a view to ensuring the release of the victims and arresting the culprits behind the dastardly act.

It's about time security in this country gets serious attention---the crime rate is becoming alarming!

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