By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Imo State branch of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has commenced 48-hour warning strike to press home their demand for the release of the immediate past Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vin Udokwu, by his abductors.
The state NMA Chairman, Dr. Jide Egwim, also warned that “if Dr. Udokwu is not released within this period alive and in good health, the Association will embark on an indefinite strike.”
He recalled with grief that three months after he addressed the press on the state of insecurity in the state, especially the incessant kidnap of doctors in the state, Udokwu was kidnapped.
“We are greatly saddened by the recent kidnap of Dr. Udokwu from his clinic in Amaifeke, Orlu. This came at a time the Association was yet to comprehend the circumstances behind the attack on the official vehicle of the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Dr. Angela Uwakwem, which claimed the life of her daughter, Daberechi, two weeks ago,” Egwim fumed.
He appealed to Udokwu’s abductors to reconsider their stand and release him unconditionally for the good of humanity, as well as pleaded with government and security agencies to recharge their security apparatus.
Vanguard recalls that Doctors N.O.P Nwabueze, Shah Azu-Okorie, Emechebe and many others, have fallen victim to kidnapping in the state.