- Destruction of a multi-billion-naira medical facility in Kogi state has caused deep sorrow
- Kogi health commissioner, Audu, was moved to tears at the sight of the destruction wrought on the important medical story
- Audu said it would take billions of naira to restore the facility to its former state for use
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A commissioner for health in Kogi, Saka Audu, broke down in tears on Wednesday, October 28 while inspecting the damage done by looters and arsonists to a top medical facility in the north-central state.
Channels Television reports that an emotional Audu told journalists that equipment worth billions of naira were destroyed by the marauders.
Audu reported that some of the equipment destroyed included Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machines (MRI), Computer Tomography Machines, Digital Mammography, Digital Radiography.
“Equipment worth billions of naira were stolen. Those that couldn’t be stolen, like the walk-in refrigerator for immunization, where our vaccines are stored, components of our MRI and CT scan were vandalized beyond repair.
"Others were moved from the store and broke into pieces in nearby bushes."
A video of the press briefing tweeted by Channels showed the Kogi health commissioner wiping his face with the back of his hand as he tried hard to hold back tears.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that the Kogi state commissioner of police, Ayuba Ede, on Wednesday, also paraded 56 suspects who looted materials and vandalized properties worth several millions of naira in Lokoja last week.
An age analysis of the suspects shows that the youngest of them is 17 years old, while the oldest is 50 years old.
The exhibits recovered from the suspects include a pump machine, agrochemicals, cartons of surgical gloves, a kit containing spanners and screwdrivers, different types/models of motorcycles, several tricycles, pair of ram boots, and motorcycles.
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