Hundreds of patients ran for dear life in the early hours of Wednseday, when gunmen invaded the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Plateau State.
Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen who came in through the Laminga end of the hospital gate in a Vectra car, tried to force their way in without being checked by the security guards.
However the guards insisted on searching the booth of the car and a scuffle ensued. The guards succeeded in opening and boot and to their amazement discovered a cache of arms inside.
Though the mission of the gunmen was not clear, the guards immediately raised the alarm. The gunmen then shot one of them and immediately sped off.
The security man was immediately rushed to the emergency unit of the hospital where attempts to save his life failed.
The incident threw the entire hospital into panic as some patients tried to discharge themselves, while others on routine visit hurriedly left the hospital.
Police Public Relations officer, DSP Emmanuel Abuh, confirmed the attack.
He said the police commissioner, Mr. Nasiru Oki, has deployed security personnel to the hospital following the incidence.
“Efforts are in top gear to ensure that the perpetrators of the act are arrested and brought to book,” he said.
Abuh appealed to citizens of the state to remain calm as the police is out to ensure safety of its citizens.
Efforts to get the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Edmund Banwat, failed as he was said to be holding crucial meetings.
Calls made to his phone were not answered either.
More details later.