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In two separate incidents that occurred in two successive days, armed robbers last week attacked two private hospitals in Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The attack was suspected to have been carried out by the same gang that operated in similar manner.

THISDAY gathered that the robbers who stormed the hospitals separately between 10pm and 11.30p.m. of the fateful days collected undisclosed amount of money from patients, nurses and others staffs of the hospitals.

The source said while those nurses and staff quickly parted with money on them, those who had no money to give them were mercilessly beaten .

One of the victims on condition of anonymity said, “The hoodlums were four in number, masked and they came to the hospitals on motorcycles. They threatened to shoot whoever did not cooperate with them, so all of us lied down and allowed them to do their operation without any hindrance.

“They were asking everybody, including the patients to bring out money and those that did not have money to give them were serious beaten. It was very unfortunate.

“We tried all our efforts to call the police but we did not succeed because they also collected our phones and other valuables. “