NMA seeks divine intervention over kidnapped members

NMA seeks divine intervention over kidnapped members

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has sought divine intervention over two of its Taraba-based members of the association, Dr. Sunday Oduniya and Dr. Audu Sule. The duo were kidnapped over the past three months ago. It also appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and other security agencies to secure their safe release.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has sought divine intervention over two of its Taraba-based members of the association, Dr. Sunday Oduniya and Dr. Audu Sule.

The duo were kidnapped over the past three months ago.

It also appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and other security agencies to secure their safe release.

The NMA President, Dr. Francis Faduyile disclosed the information in Abuja on Thursday.

He revealed that were abducted by gunmen in the course of their professional duties, and were yet to regain freedom, weeks after undisclosed ransom was paid.

He also expressed dismay with the failure of the Federal government to effectively check security lapses, and the ravaging incidences of kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and banditry among others.

He said: “Medical doctors and other health workers have been targeted in many of these security issues, with many kidnapped in the course of their professional duties and some others executed outrightly.

“It has become imperative for medical and dental practitioners to pay serious attention to their security in view of increasing security challenges in Nigeria.”

He was, however, unhappy that some of their members have been criminalised and victimised by the police for some unjustifiable allegations.

He reminded them that all grievances relating to medical and dental practitioners in Nigeria, should be directed to Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), which is the statutory body responsible for the regulations of medical and dental practice in Nigeria.

The NMA president also disclosed that MDCN investigative panel met recently and reviewed over 120 cases and complaints received against some doctors who might have erred in the course of duty.

He said: “It took the medical tribunal a full week section to review the cases and make recommendations. The tribunal, after the hearing, recommended different punishment for professional misconduct of some members.”

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