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Kidnapping: Cross River beefs up security for doctors, others



Cross River state government has introduced 24-hour security coverage for doctors and other professionals in the state so as to check the nefarious activities of kidnappers in the state.

State Security Adviser, Jude Ngaji, who announced this yesterday in a chat with some news men said that Governor Ayade has given approval to this following the recent kidnap of medical doctors in Calabar. Ngaji added that following the approval; security has been beefed up at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital as well as other public health institutions. Under this new arrangement, the state security outfit, Homeland Security, now has the responsibility of going to pick up doctors who are on call from their homes. This will also cover other professionals who are on duty, but emphasis would be on those residing in vulnerable areas.

He stated that the Homeland Security outfit has been extended to Ikom to cover Ogoja, Obudu and Etung, adding that the move was to restore confidence in businessmen and further beef up security.

Doctors under the auspices of the Nigeria Medical Association in the state recently went on strike over the kidnap of their colleagues Usang Ekanem and Emem Udoh, within a week.

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