Both admitted and outpatients, staff have fled VitalCare Hospital, at 21B, Phase 3, Kubwa, Abuja, owned by Dr. Ola Solomon Jimade recently declared wanted by the FCT police command for alleged criminal activities.
Jimade is alleged to be the leader of a syndicate group specialised in armed robbery and car snatching in Abuja. The FCT police command paraded five members of his gang during which he was declared wanted.
The five persons are Sunday Okhomode, 30; Meshak James, 23; and Amusu Koku, 28, Kunle Obajemi, 49, allegedly an expert in changing chassis numbers; and Suleiman Isa, 26, said to be a goldsmith who buys stolen jewelries from the gang.
The last straw that spoilt the show of the gang was a robbery at a house in Maitama in November 2017 during which they allegedly stole a BMW X6 vehicle, large quantities of gold and other valuables worth millions of naira.
According to the police, investigations by the command’s special anti-robbery squad (SARS) later led to the arrest of the five suspects. The vehicle, as well as five other vehicles also allegedly stolen by the gang, were also recovered.
Among the items discovered in the hospital, according to the police, were four pistols with eight rounds of live ammunition as well as a face mask.
At the time the suspected gang members were being paraded by the police, James, one of the suspects, said he worked in the hospital as a cleaner.
According to him, he “followed” the doctor as a result of the challenges he was facing, being stranded in Abuja.
“I was not robbing before, but why I decided to follow him (the doctor) was because he promised to rent a house for me and furnish it because I have no place to stay in this Abuja,” James was quoted as saying.
I don’t have a family in this Abuja. I met him in his hospital. I worked there as a cleaner. I am facing some challenges which I always tell him. It is only me and him that went for that Toyota operation but I don’t know how many they were in the other ones.”