NMA confirms release of Cross River doctors – Punch Newspapers

The Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River State chapter, praised Governor Ben Ayade and security agencies for the release of their two kidnapped members.

The association’s branch president, Dr. Felix Archibong, confirmed the statement in a statement made available to the Nigerian News Agency on Tuesday in Calabar.

The NMA president said the two doctors were released along with two others in the early hours of Tuesday morning without ransom payment.

He noted that it was the effort of the Cross River government and security agencies that led the four hostages to regain their freedom from the kidnappers.

Archibong said that he had spoken to both of its members after their release, stressing that they were released unharmed.

“I can confirm that my two members have been released. They were released with the other two people kidnapped with them.

“I want to congratulate the State Government and the security agencies for their efforts. They have given us hope that Nigeria will get better,” she said.

The two medical staff along with two others were kidnapped in Ekomita, along the Calabar-Ikom highway on Friday.

The kidnapping of the two doctors led the NMA to initiate an indefinite industrial action on Monday, after the expiration of the 48 hours granted to the state government to guarantee their release.

State Police Commissioner Sule Balarabe has yet to respond to calls and text messages sent to him if there were any arrests in the process of the doctors’ release.


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