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The Edo state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has charged the state government on security and the safety of lives and property.

Dr. Valentine Omoifo said this on Thursday in Benin during a press conference held at the Doctors House after a Chief Medical Director was abducted in the state.

Omoifo cited the recent abduction of a senior doctor, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, as a pointer to the state of insecurity in the state.

“An ugly incident that happened on Aug. 26 (Monday), in Irrua, when Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, the Chief Medical Director of Irrua Teaching Hospitals was kidnapped in the middle of the town.

“The armed men killed two police men attached to Prof. Okogbenin for his personal security.

“It has become obvious that there is fear and anxiety in this state and nation as at today.

“It is a common knowledge that we have been battling with attacks from Boko Haram insurgents, herdsmen, violent crimes, robbery attacks and kidnappings.

“Over the past few months, we have lost some of our colleagues as a result of kidnapping and violence on Okada road junction linking Lagos axis.

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“The high ways have become unsafe and kidnappings have been rampant in recent times.

“Doctors in Edo state are no longer safe to carry out their duties due to recent attacks and kidnappings.

“Doctors will not be able to provide services with the state of mind they are in.

“If within the next 72 hours if he is not released, we may be constrained to call for further actions from our colleague,’’ Omoifo said.

The doctor pleaded with the state government and all relevant security agencies to ensure the safety of all medical practitioners in the state.

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