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Ebonyi NMA suspends strike

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Members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Ebonyi State branch yesterday shelved their planned strike action over the kidnap of one of their colleagues, Dr. Jonhson Obuna.

The medical practitioners called off the strike, following a report that the victim who is a former chairman of the state NMA and a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the state has escaped from his abductors.

The doctors had held a marathon meeting at the Federal Teaching Hospital (FETHA) over the kidnap where they resolved to embark on a peaceful protest.

Chairman of the state NMA, Dr. Agwu Umahi, who confirmed the incident, refused to give details concerning the kidnap. But a family source said Obuna was kidnapped in his Smile Private Hospital at 4, Udensi Amorji Lane, GRA Phase 3, Aguogboriga in Abakaliki around 6pm by three gunmen who operated on a motorcycle.

According to the source, the victim had returned from church and was attending to patients in the hospital when three men stormed the hospital and took him away on a standby motorcycle.

“The three persons came into the hospital and asked him to follow them and mount a bike that was parked in front of the hospital.

Two of them were armed and they covered their faces.’’ Some doctors who spoke to our correspondent confirmed that Obuna escaped from his abductors but a statement from the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. ASP George Okafor, an Assistant Superintendent  of Police (ASP), said police rescued the victim.

According to the statement, a distress call was received by the operations control room of the state police command that a medical doctor in Abakaliki was kidnapped by hoodlums.

“A combined team of State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-kidnapping, SIB Operation, patrol teams from central police station and Area Command Abakaliki quickly swung into action and rescued the victim hale and hearty.

Efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing hoodlums,” the statement said. Meanwhile, Obuna’s phone was still switchedoff when he was contacted.

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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