By Fisayo Soyombo
Dozens of plain-clothed gunmen who arrived in three white Hilux vans have this morning terrorised staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, who were planning a press conference/protest to pressure FG into establishing a COVID-19 screening centre in the state.
One van barricaded 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.
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.
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