There was panic in Jos University Teaching Hospital today as gunmen stormed the institution but were quickly repelled by vigilant security men. The unknown gunmen, a source close to the hospital told The Street Journal in a telephone conversation, tried to enter the hospital through the back gate.
He said the security men at the gate immediately repelled them, leading to the death of one of the security guards while an unconfirmed number of people sustained diverse degrees of injury. It was gathered that the attackers who came in a car were armed to the teeth.
The impeccable source disclosed that the security man was gunned down when he discovered arms in the invaders’ car boot. He said that the gun-shot threw the entire hospital neighborhood into pandemonium as both visitors and workers scampered for safety.
It was learnt that the gunmen had to beat a retreat sequel to a stiff resistance by the security guards.
Sources close to the hospital further explained that shops and offices within the hospital community were hurriedly put under lock and key out of fear while transporters deserted the rout for fear of possible attack.
It could not however, be confirmed if the attackers were members of the dreaded Boko Haram militants that have killed over 2,000 people since over 200 Chibok school girls were abducted 184 days ago in Borno State.
It was however, gathered that security has been beefed up around the hospital to forestall possible attack by the gunmen. It has become the talking point within the hospital community what could be the mission of the gunmen in an environment where sick people are being taken care of; as well as prospective medical practitioners are being trained. It was further learnt that no arrest was made as the gunmen fled when they sensed that they could be over-powered by the security guards.