The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) branch in Cross River State staged a protest on Tuesday, blocking the entrance to the governor’s office.
The doctors demanded the immediate release of their colleague, Prof. Ekanem Ephraim, who was kidnapped on July 13th by unidentified gunmen from her facility in Atimbo, Calabar Municipality LGA.
During the peaceful protest, the doctors expressed their fear and concern about the escalating kidnappings in the state, which hindered their ability to move freely and safely.
Dr. Felix Archibong, the NMA Chairman in the state, addressed the media during the protest, highlighting the urgent need for the government to secure the unconditional release of Prof. Mrs. Ekanem Ephraim and manage the security situation.
Archibong lamented the repeated attacks on doctors in the state and urged the government to take decisive action to end the kidnappings.
He questioned whether it was a crime for doctors to serve in Cross River State and emphasized the need for drastic measures to address the escalating security challenges.
In response to the protest, Hon. Elvert Ayambem, Speaker of the Cross River House of Assembly, appealed for calm and described the incident as unfortunate. He assured that criminals would feel the law’s full impact after six months.
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