Sunday, October 25, 2020

Delta Curfew: Military Brutality And Assaults, Consultants Declare Strike Action.

A group under the aegies of HMB MDCAN has reported a case of assault by men of the Nigerian army on one of our member, Dr Onyemekihian Ralphael, today, 24th October 2020.

The media learnt this in a Press Statement made available to some group of Journalists today in Asaba, Delta State Capital, HMB MDCAN Leadership
signed by its Chairman, Dr. Vivian Omo-Aghoja noted that Dr. Raph was on his way to Central Hospital warri for a ward round and was stopped by the men of Nigerian Army who demanded his Identity Card.

To this end, Dr. Raphael produced his identity card as requested, then he was ordered to kneel down before he could explain further. As if that was not enough, about six military officers descended on him and physically manhandled him. He was ordered to roll in the mud and when he refused, he was further assaulted and forcefully rolled on the mud.

The leadership and members of HMB-MDCAN wish to express their displeasure over the incident. During emergency situations like imposition of curfew, members of the public are aware that health workers and other public servants that provide essential services are exempted, and this was also made clear during the broadcast by His Excellency while declaring the curfew.

The association therefore view this ugly incident as a deliberate action designed to dehumanise our colleague.

The leadership told Newsmen that the case of assault on its member by Nigeria Army has been reported to its parent body, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Delta State, that the leadership awaits for the decisions and resolution of the matter.

The group said: "We are constrain to withdraw our services starting from *08:00 hours Sunday 25th October 2020".

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