No space in mortuary as corpses brought by soldiers decomposing – UNIMAID

Staff of the University of Maiduguri Teaching
Hospital (UMTH) have said that the corpses of
soldiers, NNPC staff and Civilian JTF members
killed by Islamist Boko Haram terrorists during
an ambush in Magumeri local government area
of Borno state are currently decomposing at
the hospital’s mortuary, unattended to,
because there is no more space for the
A senior official of the hospital who spoke on
anonymity to TheCable, said staff are worried
because the bodies are smelling and could
lead to the outbreak of an epidemic.
The source also said that 35 bodies were
currently being unattended to while the
hospital has released a corpse of a JTF
member identified by its relatives so as to
free up space in the mortuary.
“As I am talking to you now, about 35 corpses
are lying down here in the mortuary, without
any reservation,” he said.
“The victims include 12 soldiers, five university
lecturers, 13 civilian JTF from Magumeri, two
NNPC staff and some that were brought
yesterday by the military.
“Even the corpse of Dr J.V Militus, the senior
lecturer at UNIMAID, is rotting away, with no
one to claim it. The whole hospital is smelling.
Everyone is worried… we are scared of an
outbreak of disease.”
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), University of Maiduguri
( UNIMAID)chapter, said five staff of the
university were killed by Boko Haram
insurgents, after they were purportedly
Dr Danny Mamman, the Chairman of the
association told newsmen in Maiduguri that
four lecturers were still missing.
The insurgents on Tuesday attacked a team of
geologists who were on an oil exploration
exercise in Lake Chad basin.
The team comprised staff of Nigeria National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), geologists,
members of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)
and military personnel.However, the Nigerian
Army, in a statement on Wednesday, said it
had rescued all the victims.
Brig Gen Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Director,
Army Public Relations, said that nine soldiers
and one civilian were killed in the attack.
He added that the soldiers had recovered all
the corpses in the rescue operation.
However, a morose Mamman said that five
staff of the institution were killed in the
He explained that the deceased comprise two
geologists, two technologists and a driver.
“We were first elated when we heard that the
military rescued the victims. But, to our
dismay we discovered that they were all killed.
“Our initial hope to see them alive was
dashed. The soldiers brought only dead
“Four other staff are still missing and we are
seriously concerned about their safety, we do
not know their whereabouts,” he said.
The Chairman gave the names of two of the
victims as Ibrahim Yusuf and Aji Kolo.
Authorities at the university are yet to issue
statement on the incident.
Meanwhile, Governor Kashim Shettima has
condemned Tuesday’s attack on the geologists
and exploration workers from the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) and
the University of Maiduguri.
Shettima made the condemnation in a
statement issued on Thursday in Maiduguri by
his Special Adviser on Communication and
Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau.
He said that since he first got information
concerning the attack on his way to visit
President Muhammadu Buhari in London, he
hasn’t been his normal self and is yet to
recover from the shock of the attack.
“I haven’t been myself normal self since I
received information of that attack. What
happened in the first instance was a tragic
setback in the fight against Boko Haram and
in Nigeria’s effort to expand its economic
“I am deeply pained by this incident especially
coming at a time when we were beginning to
pick up the pieces of our lives,’ Shettima said.
He added, “Even though the attack should
never have happened given the successes
recorded by the military and multi-national
joint forces since 2015, I nonetheless still
deem it necessary to commend the military for
re-mobilising and countering the initial gains of
the insurgents.
“On behalf of government and people of Borno
State, I mourn and salute the soldiers and our
sons in the civilian JTF who paid the supreme
price by giving their lives in this fight.

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