18th May, 2012
Patients and medical personnel at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH,were thrown into confusion at 5.45 pm yesterday when they heard sounds of gun shots from a gang of four armed robbers that killed a soldier and a cashier.
The attack took place at Sterling Bank pay point at the Emergency Ward of UPTH.
Reports reaching P.M.NEWS this morning said that the explosion at the Rumuokoro junction yesterday afternoon overshadowed the robbery attack at the hospital that happened almost at the same time.
It was gathered that armed robbers had shot the unarmed soldier in uniform accompanying a patient to hospital.
Eyewitnesses told P.M.NEWS the incident caused panic at the hospital.
The robbers carted away huge cash and escaped around Abuja campus.
Ben Ugwuegbulem, the Rivers State Police Command spokesperson confirmed the incident.
“Yes. I can confirm that a gang of four armed robbers robbed and shot a Sterling Bank Cashier at the Emergency Ward cash pay point and a soldier at about 5.45pm,” he said.
Dr Diamond Tamunokuro, the Chairman of Association of Residents at the UPTH, said that hospital which is supposed to be safest place to secure lives can be under attack shows that the UPTH environment is no more safe for patients and medical personnel.
—Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt