Patients and Staff of VITALCARE Hospital have fled the once vibrant and arguably one of the thriving private hospitals serving people in the suburbs of Abuja, soon after its founder and medical director, Dr. Ola Solomon Jimade, was declared wanted for alleged armed robbery.
On Tuesday, police declared Jimade, the Medical Director, wanted over alleged involvement in armed robbery. According to the police, Dr. Jimade who hails from Ife-Olukotun in Kogi State is the leader of a dangerous gang that has robbed numerous citizens and snatched vehicles at gunpoint in Abuja. The police said four pistols with eight rounds of live ammunition and a face mask, which was carefully hidden in a bag in the office of the doctor were recovered during the execution of a search warrant in the suspect’s hospital.
Patients and workers had fled from the hospital even before stern-looking policemen arrived to seek information from residents of the Kubwa Phase 3 neighborhood, where the hospital is located, The Nation reports.
When The Nation visited the hospital around 10:30 am on Friday, some of the residents wore a quizzical look that betrayed anxiety and suspicion over ongoing police investigations of the suspect’s activities.
The hospital’s white gate was left ajar after the staff reportedly took to their heels for fear of being implicated in the scandal of the Medical Director.
The reception building which also houses the observation room, laboratory, and pharmacy, looked like a place that had just been raided or deserted in a hurry. There was no activity there neither was there any member of staff in the once busy hospital that supposedly offered pediatric, trauma, gynecology, optical, dental and emergency medical services.
The hospital’s number, 08091280370, found to be registered in Dr. Ola Jimade’s name, remained switched off.
President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Mike Ogirima, in his response on information about the suspect, said: “We are still trying to confirm if he is one of us and when we do, we will take holistic measures. If he is found culpable, he would be rusticated from the association and that means that he won’t be able to practice again; if he is found wanting, he would be delisted.
“When we confirm that he is one of us, there is a tribunal: The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) which is the equivalent of a High Court. He would be tried by the Council and also tried in the other court which will make it a multiple trials.”
In an exclusive chat with the spokesman, FCT Police Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, he said: “We are still investigating the matter and we are reaching out to necessary authorities to help track him down.”
He also said some victims of the gang have been coming to the Command to talk about their traumatic experiences.