Nigerian doctor detained in Saudi Arabia cries out for help

A Nigerian medical physician, Omafuvwe Jerome Ighowho, who’s at the moment in detention in Saudi Arabia, has cried out to the Nigerian authorities for assist to get him free of detention.

Within the letter of enchantment the incarcerated Nigerian despatched to the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Fee (NiDC), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Delta State born Ighowho stated the scenario has led to him deteriorating bodily and mentally within the cell.

The letter made out there to Ripples Nigeria on Sunday reads:

“I’m Omafuvwe Jerome Ighowho with passport quantity A12519900 and NIN 10418960616 Iquama 2492447301. I’ve been residing in Saudi Arabia for about 23 months at Tabalah Basic Hospital, Tabalah, Bisha Metropolis, Aseer area.

“I’m from Ughelli North LGA, Delta State and my everlasting handle is at Home 28 Sheraton Property, Abule Oko, Agbado, Ogun State. +966533818972 and ±2347067624826.

“On July 30, 2022, I had an incident with my fellow Sudanese physician. After the resumption of responsibility, I made a decision to greet different medical doctors who have been to work with me for the shift.

“Then I noticed Dr Adel Idris and one other Dr Isiah Awuri. I used to be explaining to Dr Isiah that Dr Adel Idris usually involves work late and that day he additionally got here late. Then Dr Adel Idris approached me and was saying why would I say he involves work late.

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“He stated this with laughter and jokes however he held my two arms. I used to be laughing and in addition held him in the identical method as I used to be thrown off steadiness due to the agency grip from Adel (the Sudanese physician) simply to realize steadiness.

“We have been each laughing and I then pushed him again to launch myself from him as Dr Isiah (my Nigerian colleague) stored saying we should always cease this tough play.

“Sadly, he struck his leg on the wall and fell down after which I assisted him up onto an examination mattress. Thereafter, he stated his knees have been damage and had an X-ray which confirmed he had a lower than 2cm fracture on the suitable knee.

“Dr Isiah noticed what occurred and that we weren’t concerned in a scuffle however a pleasant encounter. Additionally, Dr Mai, a feminine Sudanese physician, briefly noticed we have been joking and walked away.

“About some hours later, Dr Adel Idris got here with the police, claiming that I assaulted him. I requested him did I assault you? He stated No, then why name police?

“He by no means answered. This was on a number of events. On explaining to the hospital administration, they understood the scenario and pleaded with him to not go ahead together with his criticism, however he insisted.

“The entire hospital administration and Sudanese group have pleaded and even provided him monetary compensation, change of hospital and job description, however he declined all.

“Furthermore, the policemen on the station additionally pleaded with him to resolve this difficulty amicably, however he declined. At this level, everybody has been making an attempt to get to him to plead with him. But he’s nowhere to be discovered neither does he choose his calls nor reply to messages.

“I’ve been in police custody for days with no progress on the difficulty. My well being has been affected and nobody to help me as I have no idea anybody in the neighborhood and even Saudi as a complete.

“I’m pleading with the Nigerian Authorities, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Nigerian in Diaspora Fee to intercede on my behalf in order that I can have a fast decision to this matter and attend to my well being.

“I’m annoyed with the scenario, as I’m deteriorating bodily and mentally within the cell. Please help me swiftly.”

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