Some unknown gunmen, on Wednesday morning, stormed Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja with three white Hilux vans.
According to report, the gunmen who arrived in three white Hilux vans disrupted the activities of the staff of hospital who were planning a press conference/protest to pressure the Federal Government into establishing a COVID-19 screening centre in the state.
According to an eyewitness who shared the report to 9News Nigeria, “One van barricade the hospital entrance while the other two drove in.”
“The gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare people away, then went to the records and admin departments, where they seized laptops and destroyed a few things. They ransacked the Medical Director’s office too.”
“As the siege went on, the hospital management instructed the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officials in the hospital not to shoot, to prevent bloodshed. “
“I understand the hospital associations have told all staff to evacuate the hospital. This means the hospital has effectively shut down, which is terrible news to ordinary Kogi people without the economic power to seek medical care in private hospitals.”
Recall that Governor Yahaya Bello had insisted that the deadly Coronavirus ravaging the world does not exist in Kogi State.
More details soon.