Bandits Kidnap Medical Director Of General Hospital In Zamfara

A map of Zamfara in north-west Nigeria.

 

Bandits have kidnapped the Medical Director of Dansadau General Hospital, Dr Mansur Muhammad, according to the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara State.

Dansadau is in Maru local government, about 100km from Gusau, the Zamfara state capital.

“NMA Zamfara received with deep shock the report of Kidnap of Medical Director General Hospital Dansadau Dr Mansur Muhammad,” a statement signed by Chairman of the Zamfara NMA, Dr Mannir Bature, said.

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“The unfortunate incidence happened on Saturday June 25th, 2022 at Mashayar zaki along Dansadau – Magami Road in Zamfara State.

“We urge our members to include him and other abductees in our prayers while the association work with relevant authorities to ensure his timely release in good health.”

Bandit attacks and kidnapping is rife in Zamfara.

On Sunday, the state government said it was planning to issue gun licenses to citizens so they could defend themselves against the seemingly ubiquitous bandits.

Owo Attack: CAN Leaders Hold Prayer Session As Residents Mourn

The CAN leaders are calling for international help over attacks on churches.

 

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Owo Local Government Area, has held a prayer session in Owo, Ondo State, following an attack on the St Francis Catholic Church in the town.

They gathered at the church in the early hours of Monday for the prayer session and also held a protest in the area.

Speaking after the prayer session, the CAN Chairman in Owo council, Revd. Joshua Oladapo expressed sadness over what he described as an “evil” occurrence.

He said hospitals in the area are grappling with the treatment of wounded persons, saying the casualty figures are much. The cleric called on the leaders across the country and the international community to wade into the attacks on churches.

CAN Chairman in Owo council, Revd. Joshua Oladapo

 

“This is a clarion call, to not only the Nigeria leaders but the international community, that these incessant attacks, most especially the Christian body, the peaceful communities in our nation, should not continue,” he said.

“We want the international community to wade in before it goes out of hand,” the CAN leader added.

When Channels Television visited the area, just a day after the incident, security agents were seen in the vicinity. Residents of the street where the church is located are mourning and the area is calm as authorities battle to unravel the masterminds.

Hospitals are battling to save lives and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is calling for blood donations.

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‘Nigeria Will Eventually Win’

The governor has vowed to fish out the attackers. [email protected] Akeredolu.

 

Already, condemnations have continued to pour in from several quarters including President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, governors, political office holders, and religious bodies among others.

Governor Akeredolu visited the scene of the attack and vowed to hunt down the perpetrators. 

“This is an unexpected development. I am shocked, to say the least. Nevertheless, We shall commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay,” he said about the attack which he described as a “personal loss”.

“We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolves to rid our state of criminals.”

On his part, President Buhari said the nation will not succumb to the dictates of those he described as evil and wicked people.

“No matter what, this country shall never give in to evil and wicked people, and darkness will never overcome the light. Nigeria will eventually win,” the President was quoted as saying via a statement issued by his media aide, Femi Adesina.

Owo Attack: NMA Calls For Blood Donation

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for blood donation following the attack on a church in Owo, Ondo State, as it also asked the governments and security agencies to do better in the protection of lives and properties.

This call was contained in a statement issued by the NMA President Dr Uche Ojinmah late Sunday, hours after attackers killed scores of persons and injured many others at the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area.

“The NMA hereby calls for quick intervention by our Governments and security agencies to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians in every part of this nation,” Ojinmah said in the statement.

“The Nigerian Medical Association commiserates with the Government and good people of Ondo State over the loss of lives and prays for the quick recovery of those injured.

“We appeal to Nigerians in the affected area of Ondo State to kindly go to the hospitals where the injured are being treated to donate blood to save lives.”

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He also called on doctors in the state and environs to mobilise themselves to take part in the treatment of those injured following the incident.

While lamenting the rising levels of insecurity in Nigeria, the NMA said the government must go beyond rhetorics and secure the country.

“The recurrent shedding of innocent blood in our dear country has been going on for far too long and it is the position of the Nigerian Medical Association that explanations, condemnations, and reassurances are no longer comforting,” it said.

“The NMA hereby calls for quick intervention by our Governments and security agencies to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians in every part of this nation.”

“NMA also calls for the release in good health of those abducted,” the NMA added as the body condoled with the families of the victims, the people, and the government of Ondo State over the attack.

‘A Horrific And Preventable Death,’ NMA Mourns Doctor Chinelo

A photo of Dr. Chinelo and the NMA logo.

 

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has mourned a doctor identified as Megafu Chinelo, who was shot and killed in the Kaduna train attack on Monday.

President of the NMA, Professor (Dr) Innocent A O Ujah, FNMA, in a statement on Tuesday, described her death as horrific and preventable.

Indeed all Medical and Dental Practitioners under the auspices of NMA are deeply saddened by the tragic, horrific and preventable death of one of our members, Dr Chinelo Megafu Nwando who is reported to have lost her life from injuries sustained from gun shots when the train she travelled in from Abuja to Kaduna was attacked by suspected bandits,” the statement read. in part.

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According to the NMA, Chinelo served at the Kaduna State Dental Centre and worked with St Gerrard’s Hospital, Kakuri.

She was enroute Kaduna, from Abuja when the attack occurred.

“I’m in the train, I have been shot. Please pray for me,” Dr Chinelo had tweeted, hours before she was confirmed dead.

Lamenting the unfortunate incident, the NMA said the worsening insecurity in the country has made every Nigerian vulnerable to such attacks.

“As an Association, we vehemently decry the worsening insecurity in the country which has made all of us and Nigerians as a whole vulnerable to violent attacks by hoodlums, bandits, kidnappers and terrorists who are currently having a field day causing us deep sorrows and severe pains.

“The untimely death of the young, promising Dr Chinelo who served at the Kaduna State Dental Centre and worked with St Gerrard’s Hospital, Kakuri, while striving to earn an honest living is one other death too many. The Association notes that needless blood-letting and senseless loss of lives is fast becoming a recurrent decimal in our country, thus worsening the alarming effects of brain drain, which in many instances have been attributable to the worsening security situation in the country,” the statement read.

The association, therefore, called on the security agencies to urgently reorganise the security architecture in the country with a focus on intelligence gathering in order to avoid these carnages across the country.

The association also recommended that the Federal Government gives strong consideration to the establishment of state police to further complement the efforts of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

“The recruitment of more security personnel and the provision of modern security gadgets and ammunition for them can’t be overemphasised,” Professor Ujah said.

The association prayed for God to grant the families of Dr Chinelo and all other victims of the very unfortunate incident, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

They also prayed for the speedy recovery of all those who sustained various forms of injuries from gunshots, while trying to escape the attack.

NMA, Group To Offer Free Medical Services To The Less Privileged In Niger

Niger is a state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria and the largest state in the country.
Niger is a state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria and the largest state in the country.

 

The Nigerian Medical Association in partnership with Concern Group has commenced free medical outreach for the less privileged in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State.

Speaking during the flag-off of the exercise at the Maikunkele Primary Health Care Center, NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Abubakar Bosso, said the association provided the technical support while the group however provided all the logistics and finances for the program.

He noted that the annual medical outreach has witnessed a large turnout this year due to awareness and trust of quality services offered during the exercise in the last four years.

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In his remark, the Coordinator of the exercise, Bala Ahmed, said that the group which started the initiative in 2007, consisting of youths and civil servants from the community who contributed from their income to offer various services to the people free of charge due to high poverty.

Some beneficiaries of the programme, Aliyu Yusuf and Jummai Mohammed, told Channels Television that they were grateful for the free medical programme and called on individuals, local and state governments to emulate the kind gesture.

This is even as the District Head of Maikunkele, Suleiman Dada, appreciated the gesture offered to his people.

He, however, appealed for the timely completion of the council Primary Health Care facility that is currently at 60 percent completion over the years.

The medical services offered at the ongoing outreach include sicknesses free tests for hypertension, diabetes, malaria as well as free dental and surgical operation for hernia and lipoma among others.

[UPDATE] FG Rejects 21-Day Ultimatum Issued By NMA

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The Ministry of Labour and Employment has rejected the 21-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government by the Nigeria Medical Association saying it is in direct collision with the Memorandum of Understanding signed on August 21.

The NMA had threatened to join the ongoing strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors if the government failed to resolve all the issues contained in the various agreements signed with its affiliate unions.

But reacting on Sunday evening, to the threat in a statement titled, ‘Labour Ministry to NMA: Your 21-Day Ultimatum in Collision With Our MoU,’ the government argued that the NMA’s position was at variance with the timeline stated in the Memorandum of Agreement.

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This ultimatum was part of the resolutions reached during its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, held in Benin City last week.

“After due consideration, NEC put the Federal Government on a 21 days’ notice to fully resolve all the issues contained in the various agreements signed with Affiliate members of the Nigerian Medical Association (including MDCAN, MEDSABAMS, and NARD),” the statement jointly signed by its President, Prof Innocent AO Ujah and Secretary, Dr. Philips Uche Ekpe, read.

According to the doctors, if the Federal Government fails to implement the agreements after the expiration of the 21- day notice, the NMA will summon an emergency delegate meeting.

NMA’s ultimatum is the latest in the lingering tussle between the Nigerian government and NARD which has gone on strike since July 31.

Despite a series of meetings between the Federal Government and the striking doctors, no resolution has been reached.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had in the wake of the disagreements threatened to invoke the “no-work, no pay” rule on NARD.

But the NMA has thrown its weight behind the striking doctors and other health workers.

“The Nigerian Medical Association fully supports all her affiliates in their efforts to improve the healthcare delivery in Nigeria and the welfare of her members,” it assured.

NMA Issues FG 21-Day Ultimatum To Resolve Industrial Disputes With NARD, Others

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The Nigerian Medical Association has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to resolve all lingering industrial actions with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, and other affiliate members.

This ultimatum is part of the resolutions reached during its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, held in Benin City.

“After due consideration, NEC put the Federal Government on a 21 days’ notice to fully resolve all the issues contained in the various agreements signed with Affiliate members of the Nigerian Medical Association (including MDCAN, MEDSABAMS, and NARD),” the statement jointly signed by its President, Prof Innocent AO Ujah and Secretary, Dr. Philips Uche Ekpe, read.

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According to the doctors, if the Federal Government fails to implement the agreements after the expiration of the 21- day notice, the NMA will summon an emergency delegate meeting.

“In the event that the FG fails to implement the agreements after the expiration of the 21 days’ notice, NMA shall summon an emergency delegate meeting to review the progress made on the implementation of the agreements,” the NMA added.

Full Support

NMA’s ultimatum is the latest in the lingering tussle between the Nigerian government and NARD which has gone on strike since July 31.

Despite a series of meetings between the Federal Government and the striking doctors, no resolution has been reached.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had in the wake of the disagreements threatened to invoke the “no-work, no pay” rule on NARD.

But the NMA has thrown its weight behind the striking doctors and other health workers.

“The Nigerian Medical Association fully supports all her affiliates in their efforts to improve the healthcare delivery in Nigeria and the welfare of her members,” it assured.

“NEC affirms that no doctor shall be victimized for participating/not participating in the strike action by NARD.”

 

Striking Doctors Refuse To Sign New MoU With FG After Six-Hour Meeting

Federal Government representatives met with striking resident doctors on August 21, 2021.
Federal Government representatives met with striking resident doctors on August 21, 2021. Friday Okeregbe/Channels Television

 

The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has refused assent to a new memorandum of understanding brokered by the Nigeria Medical Association to end the three weeks old strike that has crippled medical services in government hospitals across the country.

NARD President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, declined his assent owing to an undisclosed clause.

According to Okhuaihesuyi, NARD’s leadership has to consult with members of the association before he appends his signature.

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Addressing journalists after the over six hours closed-door meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said all other unions in the negotiation, including the Nigeria Medical Association and the Medical and Dental Consultants of Nigeria, signed the new agreement, having agreed on all the issues raised.

Meanwhile, the minister also clarified that the meeting did not discuss the issues of ‘no work, no pay,’ but said all parties at the meeting agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

The Federal Government had taken the striking doctors to court last week, as it asked the National Industrial Court to mandate the doctors to return to work.

The hearing on the case was adjourned to September 15.

The doctors had embarked on a strike on August 2, citing unpaid benefits and other issues.

While the industrial action lingered, the Federal Government threatened to enforce a ‘no work, no pay’ policy.

Gunmen Kidnap Ex-NMA Secretary’s Son In Ogun

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Gunmen have kidnapped Ademola Alayaki, the son of a former National Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association, Adewunmi Alayaki. 

Ademola, 25, was kidnapped at his father’s farm in Isaga Orile, Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State on Wednesday.

The Ogun State police spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident. He noted that a manhunt has been launched by the tactical team of the Nigeria Police Force to track down the abductors and rescue the victim unhurt.

Already, the kidnappers have reached out to the family and are demanding N20 million for his release, a development confirmed by the police spokesman.

As of the time of this report, the family is yet to make a statement on the issue.

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The police have launched a manhunt for the abductors.

 

Kidnapping for ransom is a common occurrence in many parts of Nigeria. Wednesday’s incident is the latest in kidnapping for ransom cases in the South-West state.

About two weeks ago, gunmen kidnapped a Swiss national, Andred Beita, and his Nigerian driver simply identified as Ifeanyi.

Police authorities in Ogun said the incident occurred along the Ibese-Itori Road. Oyeyemi explained that the victims were captured by the bandits on their way back from a farm in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

Zamfara Doctors Give Govt Two-Week Ultimatum To Tackle Insecurity

A photo showing the map of Zamfara, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Zamfara has given the state government a two-week ultimatum to urgently address rising insecurity.

NMA issued the warning on Saturday after its State Emergency Executive council meeting in Gusau, the state capital.

He said should the government fail to address the security challenges in the state, medical workers would shut all health facilities by 6 pm daily.

This followed the invasion of General Hospital in Dansadau Emirate, Maru Local Government Area of the state by suspected bandits, leading to the abduction of a ward attendant and patient’s relative last Friday.

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Chairman of the association, Dr. Mannir Bature said the report he got was that the bandits were specifically looking for doctors and nurses in the hospital, lamenting that it was worrisome for medical practitioners in the state.

He asked the government to work with security agencies to provide adequate and special security to secure all health facilities and to protect healthcare workers across the state to enable them to carry out their constitutional duties without fear of being attacked by bandits.

The NMA boss also asked security agencies to boost intelligence gathering with a view to taming the activities of bandit’s informants within the communities, which he believes are responsible for the escalating security challenges in the state.

Kidnapped Doctor Regains Freedom In Kogi

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others
A map of Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central.

 

A medical practitioner, Solomon Nidiamaka, who was kidnapped on Monday in Kogi has regained freedom.

The victim who works at the General Hospital, Ugwolawo in Ofu Local Government Area of the state, was whisked away by gunmen from the premises of the hospital.

This was confirmed in a statement jointly issued by Chairman and Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state, Omakoji Oyiguh and Famotele Tolorunju on Wednesday, noting that he was released on Tuesday.

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It is, however, unclear if any ransom was paid to secure the release of the kidnapped doctor.

“The State Officer Council (SOC) of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi, wishes to update all concerned that our member, Dr Solomon Nidiamaka, who was kidnapped on July 19, regained his freedom from the cruel hands of kidnappers yesterday,” the statement partly read.

“He is being currently managed by his medical colleagues. NMA appreciates the government of Kogi, security agencies, Chairman of Ofu Local Government Council, vigilantes and Hunters’ Association who all responded to the distress call and all those who called to show solidarity.”

The association also asked the Federal Government to create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youths roaming the streets to stem incident of kidnapping in the society.

Govt Has No Idea Which Schools Are Ready To Re-Open – NMA President

 

The federal government has no statistics to measure which schools are prepared for re-opening amid the coronavirus pandemic, President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Professor Innocent Ujah, said on Monday.

Prof Ujah made the comment while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Based on the federal government’s directive, schools resumed in several states nationwide on Monday.

But critics say the government hasn’t done enough to ensure schools are equipped to observe COVID-19 regulations such as social distancing and wearing of face masks.

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“If we know that children should go to school, what facilities have we put in place? Our problem is that we do a lot of talking and do very little,” Prof Ujah said. “It is also true that we do not listen to experts.

“What we have been saying is that the coronavirus is totally unprepared for and one year after, what lessons have we learn?

“We know that students should go to school, we know that they should maintain NCDC protocol. But what have we done in schools? Nigeria is a very interesting country, a country full of contradictions.

“The truth is we have no statistics as far as I know, of the number of schools that are ready, whether public or private, and what they should put in place. I feel that we are very sentimental as a nation.

“While we are saying that schools should be reopened, we should be prepared. Who are those monitoring? Who are those supervising the process? Because we can talk and we don’t supervise.”