On Thursday, Department of State Services agents dispersed medical doctors who stormed the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja to participate in a Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health recruitment interview.
Hundreds of medical consultants flocked to the hotel’s Ladi Kwali Hall to participate in the recruitment, with another exercise scheduled for Thursday.
According to our sources, DSS agents stormed the hotel on Thursday morning and dispersed the doctors and journalists who had gathered there.
Marcus Fatunde, a journalist with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, was detained at the event.
Fatunde, on the other hand, was released later.
“When I came here, we saw the DSS operatives dispersing the people who came for the interview, and before we knew it, everything had been scattered,” an eyewitness told reporters.
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“An ICIR journalist, Marcus Fatunde, was also detained, but he has since been released.”
“Some of us who came here today came because we don’t even have jobs and we don’t want to do the wrong things,” a doctor who did not want his name published said.
“Today, two groups of people were present: those who were unemployed and those who were underpaid.
“We didn’t do anything wrong; all we wanted was a better system.” So, why is the government attempting to annoy us?
Adejo Arome, Vice-President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, told The PUNCH that the interview’s organisers confirmed to him that the event had been cancelled.
“Well, some people arrived at the venue today (Thursday) and when they didn’t meet anyone, they called me, and I confirmed from the recruiters and some other doctors that the recruitment had been suspended,” he explained.
“The recruitment on Tuesday received media attention as a result of the publicity. Doctors were being flown to Saudi Arabia from all over the world.
“The recruiters were forced to put it on hold because the Federal Government expressed its displeasure with the news.
“It’s a real pity. The government has no right to encroach on citizens’ freedom to travel to another country. Let them go to another country if the system isn’t working.”
Attempts to reach the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, for comment did not yield positive results as of the time of filing this report, as he did not answer his phone and had yet to respond to a message left on his cellphone.
Credit : Punch
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