University College Hospital Denies Allegations of Yoruba Nation Agitators Using Premises as Armoury

UCH Ibadan denies allegations of its premises being used as an armoury by Yoruba Nation agitators, clarifying that 6 members scaled the fence to escape police. The hospital reassures operations are running smoothly, with safety as top priority.

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University College Hospital Denies Allegations of Yoruba Nation Agitators Using Premises as Armoury

University College Hospital Denies Allegations of Yoruba Nation Agitators Using Premises as Armoury

The University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State, has firmly denied allegations that its premises were being used as an armoury by Yoruba Nation agitators. The hospital's Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Funmi Adetuyibi, clarified that six members of the agitators had scaled the fence of the North-West Campus Area of the hospital premises in an attempt to escape from security personnel.

According to Adetuyibi, the agitators had encroached on the hospital's premises from the Parliament Road of the Oyo State secretariat while fleeing from the police . Upon detection by the hospital's security personnel, the Chief Security Officer alerted the Yemetu Police Station, and the police immediately dispatched personnel to arrest the situation. Two suspects were apprehended, while four escaped.

The UCH management has categorically distanced itself from any insinuation that its premises were utilized for unlawful activities. "The University College Hospital is a Federal Government health facility that provides quality healthcare services to Nigerians and would not allow its premises to be used for any unlawful activities," Adetuyibi stated.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing tensions and conflicts between Yoruba Nation agitators and security forces in Nigeria. The allegations against a prominent healthcare institution like UCH also raise concerns about the potential misuse of public facilities by separatist groups.

The hospital has reassured the public that operations within the hospital are running smoothly and without interruption, with the safety and well-being of patients, staff, and visitors remaining a top priority. "Our focus is on providing quality healthcare services to our patients, and we will continue to do so without any hindrance," Adetuyibi said. The police have launched an investigation into the incident and are working to apprehend the remaining suspects who escaped.

Key Takeaways

  • UCH denies allegations of its premises being used as an armoury by Yoruba Nation agitators.
  • Six agitators scaled the hospital's fence while fleeing from police, two were apprehended, four escaped.
  • UCH management firmly distances itself from any unlawful activities on its premises.
  • Incident highlights tensions between Yoruba Nation agitators and security forces in Nigeria.
  • UCH reassures public that operations are running smoothly, police investigating the incident.