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  • Updated: April 17, 2024

UCH denies allegation of harbouring dissidents

UCH denies allegation of harbouring dissidents

Allegations that the premises of the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) was used by the Yoruba Nation agitators as its armoury has been denied by the institution management.

In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Funmi Adetuyibi, in Ibadan on Tuesday, the hospital reiterated its commitment to health care delivery, adding that it would not engage in any unlawful dealings.

Last Saturday, separatist Yoruba Nation agitators invaded the Oyo State Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

According to reports, the agitators, donning army camouflage and armed with rifles, attempted to hoist their flag on the premises of the Oyo State House of Assembly.

The attempt was foiled by security agencies with 21 of the agitators arrested.

It was alleged that some of the agitators used the premises of the UCH after they were arrested fuelling insinuations that the suspects have their armoury somewhere on the hospital premises.

However, the spokesman for the hospital clarified that six of the agitators, while fleeing from the police scaled the fence of the North-West Campus Area of the hospital.

Adetuyibi said on landing on the hospital premises, internal security officials promptly apprehended them and subsequently handed them over to the police.

She said, “Upon detection by our vigilant security personnel, the Chief Security Officer swiftly alerted the Yemetu Police Station, and the Yemetu Police Division promptly dispatched a detachment of personnel to arrest the situation.

“Upon the arrival of law enforcement agents, the individuals in question hastily discarded and left behind their camouflage attire, berets, and ammunition, and fled the scene. Apparently, two suspects were apprehended, while four escaped arrest.”

The UCH spokesperson further said, the hospital stood firm in its commitment to health care provision, research, training, and clinical services.

“We categorically distance ourselves from any insinuation that our premises were utilised for unlawful activities. UCH urges the public to exercise discretion and refrain from spreading baseless rumours that can tarnish the reputation of our esteemed institution.

“The management of the hospital wishes to reassure the public that operations within the hospital are running smoothly and without any interruption.”

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