Amidst tears and mourning on Monday, irate and angered citizens have stormed the Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, demanding that the corpses of their relatives killed by the bomb blast this morning, be released to them.
After sighting the corpse of one of their colleagues at the hospital, a group of young men, who alleged that they had searched four hospitals for the corpses of two of their colleagues, forcefully demanded that the hospital should release the one that they saw.
One of them, who gave his name as Obinna Nwankwo, said that they were disappointed by the management of the hospital.
According to him, the dead bodies were not placed in the mortuary but were left under the sun and thereafter transferred into a Hilux.
At about 2.51pm, corpses were reportedly seen being transferred into a Toyota Hilux with registration CT151C28, while others were moved into a Toyota Hiace ambulance with registration CT208A08.
It was gathered that the mortuary at the hospital lacked the capacity to accommodate the dead brought in by the emergency response agencies.
A senior official at the office of the medical director told news men that the bodies were transferred out of the hospital based on the directive of the Federal Ministry of Health.
The official, who pleaded not to be named, said, “We cannot put them in the mortuary because of some constraints and that is why the health ministry has directed that we move them to another location. I cannot tell you where the bodies are being moved to now.”
Nwankwo also stated that the body of his other colleague had not been seen up till about 3pm.
He said, “This is very sad because is like we have lost all know means of addressing this menace. A colleague of mine in the office was affected and up till this afternoon we have not been able to see his body. We have seen the other one who was also affected but we are still searching for the second person.
“We have gone to all the hospitals where they said victims were taken to but his corpse has not been seen in any of these hospitals. All of us at our place of work are so confused because we have tried his lines and none of them connected. At the hospitals nobody can give us any good report.
“If they cannot take care of the bodies, they should give them to their relatives instead of allowing them stay under the sun for hours unnecessarily.”
Source: Punch Nigeria