Medical doctors begin strike over kidnap of colleague in Calabar

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The Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River chapter, yesterday, embarked on an indefinite strike over the kidnapping of its members, Dr Godwin Udo of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The state Chairman of NMA, Dr Innocent Abang who disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that Udo was kidnapped in his residence at Bateba Street on 1 November.

He said the association had decided that anytime a medical doctor or his/her dependent was kidnapped, they would embark on an indefinite strike until the release of the victim.

“It is true that Udo has been kidnapped, in fact, we got to know about it on Tuesday, 2 November and we are taking it up from there.

“His car was left at the point where he was taken away at Bateba Street in Calabar,” Abang said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Irene Ugbo, also confirmed the kidnap.

“The police are aware that Udo has been kidnapped; The Police Anti-kidnapping and Cultism unit is doing its best to rescue him.

“As of today, we were briefed that they have called for ransom but we will track the kidnappers,” she said.

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