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Ekiti kidnappings: NMA embargoes nocturnal movt by members

As APC accuses Fayose of fanning insecurity

By Gbenga Ariyibi

Ado Ekiti—As a measure aimed at cubbing the rampant kidnap of its members, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Ekiti chapter has  advised doctors to remove the association’s stickers from their vehicles and stop going out at night.

The association said the measure is aimed at putting an end to the frequent harassment and kidnapping of their members by  abductors who erroneously believed that medical personnel receive higher  pay than other workers   in the State civil service.

The doctors equally frowned at   what it called lackadaisical attitude of the police and the Department of State Services, DSS, toward the kidnap  cases.

The doctors argued that they deserve to be protected considering the special services they render to the society.

The NMA was reacting to the perceived inability of the security operatives to track down those who abducted the former Chief   Medical Director of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Patrick Adegun, his wife, Kikelomo as well as a nurse working with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladenika in recent times.

A lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr FemiOmisore, was also abducted last weekend.

Speaking at a press conference in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the NMA Chairman in Ekiti State, Dr John Akinbote,said it is better for their members to remove the association’s stickers from their vehicles at least for now.

“We are also advising them to stop moving around at night because these people had the erroneous impression that we receive higher pay and that we can be profitable object of   kidnap.

“They have to remove anything that could suggest that they are members of this association since we are the target”, he said.

Fayose’s the author of  insecurity – APC lawmakers

Meantime, the 19 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in Ekiti State have asked  Governor Ayodele Fayose to stop deceiving Ekiti people on the incessant activities of criminals in the state, saying the governor himself should be blamed as the author of criminal activities through his unbecoming behaviour that encourages crimes to thrive in the state.

Reacting to a media report by the governor’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, accusing the lawmakers of frustrating the security measures by the governor to stem criminal activities, the lawmakers in a statement  by Speaker Adewale Omirin’s Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, said the governor was the one encouraging crimes to thrive through unbecoming conduct in the running of government since assumption of office.

“Even before he became the governor, Ekiti State witnessed a heavy influx of criminals to the state. In government, importation of thugs was reported in the media. The thugs were reportedly joined by the escapees of the Ado-Ekiti jail break and were quartered in the Adesua  Lodge of the Government House,” the statement noted.

Drivers warn APC lawmakers

Also yesterday the  conglomeration of commercial driver’s unions in Ekiti State allegedly warned the 19 All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers in Ekiti State House of Assembly and their sponsors to shelve any move   to invade the state with thugs in their desperate bid to impeach the state governor,Mr Ayo Fayose,saying they would do everything within their reach to resist the plan

The unions said they are aware of the meeting held by eight of the APC lawmakers with a former president yesterday night and the one they have scheduled for Oshogbo, Osun State tonight as well as the two dates they have picked to invade Ekiti, adding that; “all efforts by the APC lawmakers and their sponsors to throw Ekiti State into chaos will be resisted. “We are following every of their moves and whatever funny move they make between now and the end of their tenure will be resisted.”


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