Enugu State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association election turn bloody in Thursday.
It was reported that faction of the state NMA had two weeks ago announced the suspension of the
incumbent chairman, Dr . Ike Okwesili, for
alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office.
They subsequently appointed one of the
Deputy Vice – Chairman Enugu East , Dr
Kingsley Ugwuonye , as acting chairman .
Some members of the association , who
gathered at the Michael Okpara square for
the Annual General Meeting and the
election of new executive of the
association for the next two years, were
seriously injured by thugs who forcibly gained entrance to the venue.
They upturned the ballot boxes and pounced on members of the electoral committee leading to the doctors scampering to safety for fear of losing their lives.
While some sustained injuries trying to escape from the thugs , others , including the NMA chairman in the state , Dr Ike Okwesili , were thoroughly beaten and wounded .
One of the doctors, Dr . Ejike Odo said “ We hope he is fine wherever he maybe because he
was really brutalized.”
The doctor narrated that policemen who were drafted to the venue of the election had hectic time preventing major casualties .
“ In the process to control the crowd and send people away from the venue, they also dealt serious blows on the members ,” he added .