Patients of a hospital in Edo State claim they have been sexually abused not by persons that work in the hospital but by armed robbers who had a field day raping them.
Armed robbers have invaded the Edo Central Hospital in Benin, casting aspersion on how safe hospitals are.
It was gathered that the robbers allegedly raped patients and female workers before carting away their belongings including cash, GSM handsets and other valuables.
Patients never saw it coming, as no one could imagine robbers will have a hospital in their list of targets.
They were taking aback when the robbers, fully armed, stormed the hospital around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday and operated freely for hours.
The robbers, who were many, on arrival and ordered the people around, including medical personnel to lie face down before executing their mission.
Sunday’s incident forced patients in the hospital and their caregivers to stage a protest on Tuesday.
They protested around the hospital premises, appealed to the management of the institution to put in place security measures to ensure the safety of their life and property.
The protest disrupted work at the hospital.
Some of the victims of the crimes said the hospital lacked security, especially in the night.
David Osifor, is the state commissioner for health and he insisted that the incident that occurred at the hospital was a case of theft, rather than robbery and rape.
Osifor explained that the owner of the money stolen at the hospital might have disclosed it to those around her and she lost it to them.
“It happened in the female ward. It was not really an armed robbery case, it was just a minor scare and we are handling the matter,” he said.
“It is also not true that patients on admission were raped as being speculated,” he told reporters.
The Commissioner, who said that the police had commenced an investigation into the incident, promised that adequate security measures would be in place to forestall re-occurrence.
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