Hoodlums attack Ogun hospital staff for delaying treatment of accident victims

Nigeria Police Officers
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

Hoodlums, commonly known as area boys, on Wednesday disrupted medical activities at the Ogun State Hospital, Ifo, in Ifo local government area for almost one hour.

The attackers stormed the hospital when some commercial motorcyclists were brought in to receive medical attention following a crash which occurred at Papalanto along Abeokuta-Lagos Road.

On arrival with the ‎victims, the area boys were asked to obtained cards for the patients, but they revolted, insisting that the victims must be attended to immediately before obtaining hospital cards.

Shortly after, they began to beat up some of the hospital staff, just as many of the workers hurriedly abandoned their duty posts to avoid being attacked.

A staff of the hospital, while narrating their ordeal, said the area boys wanted all the accident victims to be treated the same time even though there was only one doctor on duty.

Pandemonium broke out at the hospital as the invaders threatened to set the hospital ablaze.

They were stopped by a team of police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, arrived the hospital to deposit a corpse.

Some of the hoodlums were arrested and taken away, but later released after few hours, a witness said.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Taofeek Somade, confirmed the incident, saying the quick intervention of the police saved the situation.

Mr. Somade said the hoodlums were arrested and whisked away by the police.

Similarly, Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the attack.


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