After declaring an indefinite strike on Friday in response to the kidnapping of their colleague Dr. Asema Msuega in the Ukum Local Government Area, the Benue State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called off the strike.
This information was released in a communique following an emergency general assembly that took place on Saturday in Makurdi.
The NMA expressed its extreme joy at the release of their colleague from captivity by his abductors and ordered his coworkers to evacuate the area of Ukum LGA where the violence had broken out.
The association is reviewing the matter and will provide additional guidance as soon as feasible, according to the statement.
The statement, written by secretary Dr. Ameh Godwin, thanked the public for its patience and support while the group fought for Msuega’s release.
“We thank His Excellency, the Governor of Benue State, Rev Fr Dr. Hyacinth Alia, His Royal Majesty, the Tor Tiv, Orciviligh Prof James Ayatse, the Senator representing Benue North-East senatorial zone, Barrister Emmanuel Udende, the member representing Katsina-Ala/Ukum/Logo federal constituency, Hon Solomon Wombo, the House of Assembly member representing Ukum constituency, Hon. Ezra Nyiyongo, security agencies and other stakeholders for their various interventions.
In a statement, the NMA said, “We appreciate the NMA President, Dr. Uche Rowland Ojinmah, the national leadership of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Benue State for their solidarity during this difficult period.” His words.
The kidnappers of Msuega, a doctor at the Ukum General Hospital in Zakibiam, reportedly gave up on him on Friday night as security forces closed in on their hideout, according to BANKPAWA sources.
Catherine Anene, the PPRO for Benue, verified the doctor’s release last night after being notified about the incident.