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One hundred and two corpses unclaimed at Abuja hospital mortuary




ONE hundred and two corpses, deposited by the various police divisions in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are unclaimed at the mortuary in Kubwa General Hospital, Abuja.

The hospital authorities said in a publication that the corpses were deposited between 2019 and 2022.


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“This is to inform the general public that anyone who has any issue or relationship to the under-listed bodies should please come to Kubwa General Hospital, Abuja, within the next 21 days of this publication for identification and evacuation,” the notice said.

According to the notice, 19 corpses were deposited in the mortuary in 2019 and while 10 others were brought in 2020.

In 2021, 59 corpses were deposited while 14 bodies were brought in between January and May 2022.

Although the names of the deceased were not provided in the publication, the hospital noted that the corpses might be subject to mass burial if unclaimed after the said 21 days.

In 2021, The ICIR had reported that there were 11 unclaimed corpses at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja.

The ICIR had sent a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the hospital following increasing reports of attacks on Abuja residents, especially cab operators by criminals.

Among the unidentified corpses was an 80-year old male as well as seven bodies whose age and names were not disclosed by the hospital management.

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Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via vopara@icirnigeria.org

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