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Kogi NGO’s call for investigation into FMC attack

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A network of Non-Governmental Organisations in Kogi State has condemned the attack on the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja by hoodlums on Wednesday.

Recall that, hoodlums numbering about fifty invaded the premises of the hospital at about 8am armed with dangerous weapons.

Sources said the hoodlums destroyed part of the administrative block of the FMC and carted away laptops and other valuable items.

But reacting, the Kogi NGO Network, KONGONET, in a press release signed by its Chairman Idris Ozovehe Muraina on Saturday, described the attack at the health center as unfortunate, worrisome and unexpected.

Muraina called on law enforcement agencies in the State to fish out those behind the condemnable act, insisting that an attack on any health facility in the State is a threat to the lives of the entire citizenry.

“We are perplexed with this shocking news that hoodlums invaded the most reliable functional health centre in Kogi State in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic. It is a clear fact, that the state cannot ascertain the reality of its citizen’s COVID-19 status even though the government of the day has maintained its stands that the state is free from the dreaded pandemic that has claimed several lives in the world.

” All we are demanding right now is that all those behind this act be arrested and brought to book. Attacking a health facility automatically means you want to sentence the whole citizens to their early graves. How many individuals in Kogi can afford a private hospital for a checkup? How many of us here as we are speaking could beat his chest and say we are happy because the state has a good health care centre which would cater for our health needs? Something must be done immediately, to avert a repeat of this disgraceful attack on the state ” he stated.

On the faceoff between the Kogi State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, he said such is needless, warning that nobody should play games with the lives of the people in Kogi State

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