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Hoodlums rob patients and doctors in Bayelsa hospital of cash and valuables

Gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday invaded a State Government hospital, Diete Koki Memorial Hospital, located along Opolo Road in Yenagoa metropolis robbing patients and doctors on duty cash and valuables.

The incident, it was reported, occurred about some minutes past 3 am. The suspects were alleged to have entered the hospital from the perimeter fence behind the building.

Doctor Okeleghel Awudumapu who narrated  his ordeal to Nigerian Tribune, said the two-man gang took him unaware while he was returning from his call room.

Doctor Awudumapu said his belongings and that of patients from the labour ward and their family members were all carted away.

Reacting to the incident, the Medical Director, Dr Emmanuel Fetepigi, who expressed sadness, described the act as barbaric.

Dr Fetepigi said management will collaborate with the Ministry of Health to ensure that measures are put in place to forestall future occurrences.

Meanwhile, a security man at the hospital, Mr James Benini, noted that it was the second time they have had burglars in the premises as a generator battery has been stolen before.

As of the time of filing this report, the Police was yet to confirm the incident.

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