by ABIODUN NEJO


Palpable fear has enveloped medical and health workers in Ekiti State following the threat of kidnap messages sent to no fewer than seven medical doctors in the state yesterday.

The Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, in the state, Dr John Akinbote, said that no fewer than seven of his members got the threat text messages yesterday.

The messages had heightened the fear of insecurity of lives of the health workers following spate of attacks and kidnap of their members and families.

A nurse with Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladenika, was kidnapped on May 3 while her husband was beaten up by the assailants, also, a former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH, Dr Patrick Adegun, and his wife, Kikelomo were kidnapped on May 7.

This was as the Academic Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday appealed for the unconditional release of Dr and Mrs Adegun, Aladenika and a lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, Dr Olufemi Omisore, who was kidnapped on his way to Oye Ekiti enroute Ido Ekiti on May 8.

The union spoke yesterday at a joint press conference in Ado Ekiti addressed by its Akure and Ibadan zones, calling for the overhaul of the security agencies in the state including the police and the State Security Services, SSS, over their inability to curb the wave of kidnappings.

The ASUU Chairman, Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Dr Bola Oniya, who delivered the statement on behalf of the ASUU Akure Zone, appealed to Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, to do all things possible to get rid of these hoodlums on our lands.

ASUU urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, overhaul the entire police force and other relevant agencies saddled with the responsibility of keeping peace in the state and more importantly the removal or relocation of both service heads who find it difficult to unravel the root cause of the present predicament.

Dr Caleb Aborisade, ASUU Chairman, Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, who spoke on behalf of the OAU branch, lamented the callous act of kidnapping the OAU lecturer, killing his driver and throwing the university into mourning.

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