|The Hospital in question|
Armed robbers raided a Lagos hospital on Santa Maria Street, in the Egan, Igando area of Lagos State. After carting away valuables of patients, they also raped an 18-year-old auxiliary nurse in the hospital.
The incident happened around 4am on Thursday. It was learnt it was the third time the robbers would attack the hospital in a year. The robbers stormed the hospital around 3am, scaling the fence before gaining entrance.
They also reportedly overpowered a 19-year old security guard in the hospital and tied him with ropes before locking him up in a room. A source said the workers on night duty were attacked and injured and when the robbers failed to make appreciable looting, they resorted to raping the auxiliary nurse in turns.
The source said, “The girl was actually the one who went to the police station to report. She accused the management of the hospital of dereliction of duty and said she was raped by the men. She also alleged that the owner of the hospital did not provide adequate security for his workers and subjected her to mental torture by losing her virginity through rape”.
He added that the medical director of the hospital was arrested, but later released on bail. The hospital’s medical director, Dr. Ademola Dominic, confirmed the incident to our correspondent, but said the victim was not raped.
He also said he was never arrested by the police. Dr. Ademola said, “It is an everyday affair here. The robbers come to the street almost every time to rob residents. It is the third time they would come to the hospital. They came in and dispossessed patients of their valuables”. “When the incident happened, we took her through some tests and discovered she was intact. She is still a virgin and nothing happened to her. It is just that as a young girl, she suffered some shocks and that is all.
“But if you heard she was raped, well, maybe she was a victim of circumstances and that obviously was not my fault. If I have a house and robbers raid my house and then rape somebody, is that my fault? I am doing all these because of the girl. And if it is her parents or anybody that spreading wrong information, I don’t think I am to blame. I have already tried my best.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, said he was not aware of any incident at the hospital.