Armed robbers at the weekend attacked two private hospitals in Okitipupa, Ondo State. A source said the robbers made away with money and other valuables belonging to staff and patients. According to the source, the robbers also carted away some medical equipment. It was also gathered that patients and nurses, who had no money to give to the robbers, were beaten up.
A victim, who pleaded for anonymity, said: â€œThere were five masked robbers. They came to the hospitals on motorcycles and threatened to shoot whoever fails to cooperate with them.
â€œAll of us on duty lay down and allowed them to carry out their operation without any hindrance. They asked everybody, including the patients, to bring out money and those who did not have any money were beaten up. We tried to call the police but could not because they had collected our phones,â€ he added.
The source said nobody was killed.
It was gathered that immediately after the operation in the first hospital, the victims reported the matter at the police station.
But less than 24 hours later, another operation was carried out in another hospital by the same gang.
Police spokesman Femi Joseph could not be reached for comments but an officer in the State Anti-Robbery Squad said the police were investigating the incidents.