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Angry police shut down Maiduguri hospital

10 May 2013, 10:03

Bama- Tension flared in Bama as a group of police officers went berserk beating up doctors and health workers as well as causing a lengthy closure of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

The policemen accused the hospital workers of refusing to take in corpses of 35 allegedly killed Boko Haram sect insurgents early this week.

Workers at the hospital told journalists during a visit to the institution on Thursday evening that the event occurred at about 8am and caused the hospital to be closed down until 1pm.

The Registrar of Histopathology Department, Dr Kabir Abba, reportedly sustained a fracture during the fracas.

Windows and doors of the hospital were broken and shattered after the incidents.

A mortuary attendant who identified himself as Bukar, decried the violence saying the institution could not take in more corpses owing to congestion.

"The morgue is already filled up and there is no space to put the bodies but given that explanation the police went berserk beating any workers in sight," he said.

A senior official at the hospital, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said the chillers at the hospital were filled to capacity and cannot accommodate any corpses.

"Even some of the chillers have broken down and the Department of Histopathology is making arrangements to embalm some of the corpses," said the official.

CAJ News established that Borno State Police Commissioner, Yuguda Abdullahi was at the Teaching Hospital after the incident and apologised to the workers.

Meanwhile Dr Mohammed Yahaya, President of Association of Resident Doctors, called for an indefinite strike following the incident.

He told journalists in an interview that they had endured enough humiliation at the hands of the police.

- CAJ News



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