Medical doctors embark on two days warning strike in Delta state

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Tochi Juliet

Medical doctors in Delta have declared a two-day warning strike as a protest against the kidnap of a Principal Medical Officer, Dr Wisdom Iboyitete.

Dr Wisdom Iboyitete, who is a Principal Medical Officer, was kidnapped at the General Hospital, Ojobo, in Burutu Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

Reports have it that Iboyitete was abducted by gunmen who pretended to be patients in the early hours of Monday and reportedly whisked him to unknown location through the creeks in the Ijaw riverine community.

National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) in a statement obtained by Vanguard, had an emergency meeting in which the two-day warning strike was declared on Monday night at the end of the emergency meeting.

As reported by Vanguard, the association directed its members under Ughelli and Bomadi Medical Zones to embark on a warning strike to demand the immediate release of their abducted colleague.

The statement signed by the State NAGGMDP’s chairman, Dr Ebikagboro Olayinka, and Secretary, Dr Ikechukwu Okoh, called for the unconditional release of Dr Iboyitete.

The association threatened that if by Thursday their abducted colleague is not released by the gunmen, all members of NAGGMDP shall embark on an indefinite strike across the state to press for his release by security agencies in the state

The statement read, “Dr Wisdom Iboyitete, a Principal Medical Officer at General Hospital, Ojobo was abducted in the hospital premises by unknown gunmen pretending to be patients on 01/06/2020 at 00:01 WAT.

The Association had an Emergency Meeting today 01/06/2020 and noted that efforts made in the release of our members from the kidnappers’ den are suboptimal and call on the Delta State Government and security agencies to increase the tempo in locating and rescuing our member unscathed and unharmed.

There shall be a peaceful protest walk on Thursday 04/06/2020. This protest walk will commence from the Delta State NMA Secretariat (opposite the Cenotaph, Asaba) to the Government House and then to the Office of the Commissioner of Police in Asaba.

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