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Ekiti medical workers on strike over abduction of member

Medical workers in Ekiti State have gone on an indefinite strike to protest the abduction of their member, Dr. Femi Omisore.

This is just as members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Akure Zone, called for the overhauling of the security chiefs in Ekiti State over what they called “poor professional handling” of  Dr. Omisore’s kidnap case.

Omisore, a lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, was kidnapped last Friday in Ido Ekiti on his way to Oye Ekiti.

The workers raised grave concern over why kidnappers have chosen the lecturers or university administrators and their medical colleagues as their victims.

However, the problems are far from over as seven more Ekiti doctors have received kidnap threat messages from kidnappers.

This was made known by the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Ekiti, Dr John Akinbote, on Tuesday.

An inexplicable wave of kidnaps targeting medical practitioners seem to have found an abode in Ekiti State as a former Chief Medical Director of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Patrick Adegun, his wife, Kikelomo, and an industrialist were kidnapped on Thursday at different locations within the State.

A theatre nurse with Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladenika, had been kidnapped last week Sunday along Ido-Ipere-Iludun road.

A yet be identified man was murdered during the operation.

At a press conference jointly addressed by the NMA and ASUU, the unions lamented a perceived lackadaisical attitude on the part of the Police and the Department of State Services.

In a speech by the ASUU Zonal Coordinator, Dr Alex Odiyia, and read by the Chairman of Federal University of Technology, Akure, Dr. Bola Oniya, the union lamented that the security chiefs were allegedly treating the nefarious activities with levity.

“The government should as a matter of urgency overhaul the entire police force and other relevant agencies saddled with the responsibility of keeping peace in the state and more importantly the removal of or relocation of both service heads who find it difficult unravelling the root cause of our present predicament.

“It is sad to know that the nefarious, inhuman and dehumanising activities of these hoodlums heralded the arrival of the new Police Commissioner, Mr Joshua Ibine and the Director of DSS, Mr Duke Fubara in the State.

“This is more so as none of them has been able to come up with any clue on the disappearance of those kidnapped and the whereabouts of the abductors. It is rather better imagined the agony of the family members of these victims since the unfortunate incidents.

In another statement, the ASUU Chairman of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Dr Caleb Aborisade, had called on President Goodluck Jonathan and the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, as well as the Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, to ensure that Omisore is released immediately.

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