Hoodlums, early hours of Wednesday, disrupted activities at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State over COVID-19 claims in the state. The attackers, witnessed said, stormed the facility at about 8:am.
The invasion came as health workers and medical doctors were planning to address the Press on the state of affairs of the state as it concerned COVID-19.
The hoodlums headed to the administrative block where they forced their way into the Chief Medical Director’s office and “ransacked every where”, according to a staff who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They proceeded to the account and records office where they disrupt activities and made away with cash, files and laptops,” he explained further.
He noted that the attackers were yelling that the hospital was giving the state a bad name by alleging that there was COVID-19 in the state against the state government’s contrary position.
“They might be angry because it was the hospital that claimed it treated some COVID-19 patients before transferring them to the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) in Abuja,” the source noted. ‘No COVID-19 in Kogi’ The Kogi State Government has insisted that there is no case of COVID-19 in the state despite NCDC announcing an index case last month.
A Chief Judge in the State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, died on Sunday but Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, insisted that he died of natural causes.