The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Cross River State has threatened
to withdraw medical services from the state over incessant kidnapping
of its members.
NMA issued the threat in a communique jointly signed by the
association’s Chairman, Dr Agam Ayuk, and the Secretary, Dr Ezoke
Epoke, after its emergency general meeting on Tuesday in Calabar.
The association said that the decision to withdraw its services became
necessary due to increasing cases of kidnapping on its members in the
It recalled that the wife of one of its members was kidnapped on August.
15 and released the following day.
It stated: “The recent kidnap of the spouse of a medical doctor is the
second incident of doctors’ targeted kidnap in Cross River in the past
“It is noteworthy that in the last 18 months, within Calabar alone,
five doctors and five dependents/family members have been kidnapped at
various times and locations.
“The release of affected victims has been conditional including
payment of ransom in most instances. This has caused great
psychological, emotional and financial distress to the affected
“NMA in Cross River wishes to reiterate that we shall withdraw all
medical services without any notice, anytime a doctor or dependent is
“Medical doctors cannot continue to save lives while their very lives
and those of their dependents remain under constant threat by
The association said that henceforth, it would demand refunds from the
state government for any conditional release anytime a doctor or
dependents was kidnapped.
The association further said that the resolution became imperative due
to the devastating financial condition hardworking doctors found
themselves due kidnap incidents.
“We wish to remind the state government that it is her duty to provide
adequate security for the citizenry at all times.
“The NMA in Cross River remains fully committed to partnering with the
state government in providing quality healthcare services to the
“We therefore, implore the Cross River government to double her
efforts in stemming this new surge of kidnapping in the state,’’ it
The association however, thanked the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade
and security agencies in the state for their concerted efforts towards
ensuring the safe release of the abducted wife of their member.