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In Imo Medical Doctor reportedly shot by policeman

The Consultant Family Physician in the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, FMC, Dr. Bende Azudialo, has been shot in the head by a policeman during a peaceful demonstration by medical practitioners.

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Dr. Bende Azudialo reportedly shot in the head by a police officer during a peaceful protest

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News reports have revealed the unfortunate events that led to the shooting of a medical doctor during a peaceful demonstration in Imo State, yesterday January 3.

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The Consultant Family Physician in the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, FMC, identified as Dr. Bende Azudialo, had according to reports, been shot in the head by a policeman during a peaceful demonstration by medical practitioners.

The State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Hyacinth Emele, speaking during a press conference held in Owerri, said:

“If the policeman that fired the lethal shot is not identified and prosecuted, doctors will commence indefinite industrial action.

The security agencies and Imo State Government should note that all hospitals in the state will close shop thereafter until the erring policeman is fished out and punished.

"The initial report we got from the medical team was that Dr. Azudialo lost about 1.5 litres of blood when he was rushed to the hospital and that was a substantial loss”.

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Dr. Darlington Akukwu also revealed that the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, had formally written to the Commissioner of Police, the Directorate of State Security, DSS, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and all other related agencies, alerting them of the peaceful protest.

“We processed peacefully until we got to Orlu Road Roundabout. The police barricaded the road and when we tried to explain our mission to them, they started firing teargas canisters. One of them later fired a shot that wounded Dr. Azudialo”.

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