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Police harassment: Doctors down tools in Lagos

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LAGOS State Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), yesterday, directed its members to embark on an indefinite industrial action over alleged harassment by security agents.

The stay-at-home directive was jointly signed by Lagos NMA Chairman, Dr. Saliu Oseni and its Secretary, Dr. Ramon Moronkola.

It said the directive would take effect from 6.00 pm.

The directive accused security agents of stopping essential service workers, including journalists and medical personnel from gaining access to their workplace and homes during the curfew imposed to contain spread of coronavirus.

According to NMA, the treatment being meted to its members on essential services by security agents was unacceptable and unjustifiable.

“We have observed that despite the directives of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamadu Buhari, through the Presidential Taskforce on COVID 19, which was clear on the exemption of essential workers including doctors and other health workers from the ongoing lockdown/movement restrictions, (but) the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has been issuing conflicting directives on social and mainstream media to the effect that essential workers, including doctors and other health workers, are not exempted,” the statement reads in part.

  Meanwhile, Force Public Relations Officer (FPPRO), Frank Mba, in a release issued yesterday, stated that the Inspector-General of Police,  Mohammed Adamu, has exempted workers on essential service from the movement restrictions imposed by the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew.

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