Thugs sack patients, staff from Lagos general hospital 

By Dotun Omolaja, Lagos.

 

Street urchins popularly known as area boys on Sunday night invaded the General Hospital Orile-Agege, Lagos with cutlasses, knives, and other dangerous weapons.

 

According to eye witnesses, the invading thugs were said to have attacked and stabbed both staff and patients of the hospital at about 11pm.

 

The eye witnesses told BLACKFACE that thugs invaded the engineering department, and the office of the drivers, where they stabbed some of the staff. 

 

Though no one could ascribe any motive to the attack, the hoodlums were said to have carted away valuables of the patients such as money and handsets.

 

Sources said that it took time before security men went to rescue the occupants of the hospital from the invading hoodlums.

 

The old men, who were securing the gate of the hospital were not spared from the urchins, who beat them mercilessly, but the evil men were prevented from getting to the children ward, which is located in the last floor of the building.

 

An observer recounted that the hoodlums attacked okada (motorcycle) riders and passersby on the road leading to the hospital.

 

Some of the in-patients in the hospital, who spoke to our correspondent, appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state and the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris to provide security in all the state’s general hospitals to protect the lives of both the staff and patients.

 

Also speaking on the matter, Chairman of the Committee on Health in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Segun Olulade, promised to raise the issue of security in the state hospitals on the floor of the House as a matter of urgent public importance.

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