Protesters invade FMC Lokoja over claim of non- existence of COVID 19 in Kogi

From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja

Some suspected hoodlums and protesters on Wednesday morning attacked the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, and destroyed some property and carted away money from the revenue unit.

Protesters on Wednesday morning stormed the federal medical centre, Lokoja protesting over claims that there was no any issue of Covid19 in the state.

The protesters, it was learnt first stormed the administrative department where they were said to have destroyed some property and carted away some office equipment

An eye witness accountt told Authority Newspaper that protesters trooped into the hospital premises with dangerous weapons including stones and pepples went straight to the office of Chief medical director, Dr Tunde Alabi and damage some property.

With this ugly development, workers and some patients took to their heels for safety.

Some staff who did not want to be named said the protesters might be angry because it was the hospital that claimed it treated some Covid19 patients before transferring them to the National centre for diseases control in Abuja.

It was gathered that the protesters claimed the FMC was giving the state a bad name as they claimed there was no existence of the dreaded CoronaVirus disease in the state.

It will be recalled that the NCDC had recorded about five Covid19 cases against the state with the latest death of the chief judge of Kogi State associated with the virus on Sunday.

Efforts to speak with the management of the Federal Medical Centre proved abortive as they were not ready to speak with the press.

When contacted, the police public relations office, Willy Aya confirmed the incident and said the police had dispersed the protesters and that the situation is under control.

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