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Seven doctors receive kidnap threats in Ekiti

The Ekiti State chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Tuesday said seven of their members had so far received threats of kidnap from unknown gunmen.

This is coming barely one week after the former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Patrick Adegun and a nurse with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladenika, were kidnapped.

Adegun was kidnapped along with his wife, Kikelomo, a few metres to the gate of their residence located on Goshen Avenue, Federal Housing in Ado Ekiti metropolis.

Chairman of NMA in Ekiti State, Dr John Akinbote, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti that the seven doctors received text messages from kidnappers, saying they could be picked up at anytime.

Meanwhile, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Akure Zone, have also called for overhauling of the security chiefs in the State.

They hinged the call on ‘poor professional handling of the kidnap of a member of the association, Dr Femi Omisore of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ekiti State last week.

Omisore was kidnapped on May 6, while his driver Saheed was shot in the head and his vehicle set ablaze “for stressing the captors while being chased.”

NMA and ASUU said, Tuesday, that the Police and the State Security Service had not been handling the matter in most professional way.

Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Akure, Dr Alex Odiyia, appealed to Governor Ayodele Fayose to get rid of hoodlums in the state.

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