Enya Egbe was in his class at the University of Calabar in Nigeria on a Thursday afternoon when he saw his friend. Upon seeing his friend’s on the table, alongside two others ready to be dissected, Egbe yell and ran out of the class.
The bo-dy lying on the table belonged to his friend called Divine, who he had been friends with for over seven years. Egbe told the BBC, ‘We used to go clubbing together’.
Seven years later, and Egbe can still recall the incident in vivid detail. He explained: ‘There were two mark on the right side of his chest.’ Egbe was not the only student to be scared by the incident.
Oyifo Ana, who ran out to comfort Egbe, told the BBC: ‘Most of the (bod-ies) we used in school had ball in them. I felt so bad when I realised that some of the people may not be real.’
Ana went on to say how one morning she had even seen a cop van dropping off bo-dy at their medical school, which had a mort-uary attached to it. After seeing the bo-dy, Egbe messaged Divine’s family. The family had been trying to track Divine down by visiting different po-lice stations after he was detain with three friends after a night out. Thankfully, Divine’s family were able to finally reclaim him.
However, the incident served to reveal not only the lack of facility available for Nigerian medical students to use in their studies, but also the reality of the fate of some suffer of cop. In Nigeria, current law gives ‘unclaimed’ in government to medical schools. According to 2011 research in the medical journal Clinical, more than 90% of the used in Nigerian medical schools are ‘offender’. This means the bo-dy have been suspects depart by security forces. Their estimated ages are between 20 to 40 years, 95% being male and three out of four being from a lower socio-economic class background.
Emeka Anyanwu, a co-author of the study, noted Nigeria’s lack of development in relation to the use of in medical schools. She said: ‘Nothing has changed 10 years later.’ n response to the #EndSars pro-tests, the Nigerian government set up judicial panels of inquiry to investigate charges of in different states. The pro-test formed after a video of another young man charge getting charge depart by the cop Special Anti-Rob- bery Squad (Sars) in the southern state of Delta went viral.
Testifiers who stood before the panel spoke out about missing relatives who had been detain by security agents who were then never to be seen again.
Cop have maintained that most of the missing people were finish off due to an exchange of shell ing. Cop spokesperson Frank Mba told the BBC that he did not know about any cop sending in labs. However, Cheta Nnamani, a 36-year-old trader, admitted to helping security guards scrap of bodi-es of people he claimed had been mistreat. Nnamani made these claims in a written testimony during his four months in the custody of Sars in 2009.
He wrote that he had to put three bod-ies into a van on one night, a task known as ‘ambulance duty’. He claimed the cop then chained him inside the van, taking him to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) to offload them before they were taken away by a mortuary attendant. Aladinma Hospital Mortuary, in the south-eastern town of Owerri, has stopped accepting bo-d-!es of charge lawbreaker due to a lack of identification from the cop or relatives having not been notified.
If bodi-es are not claimed over a certain period of time, they are then sent to teaching hospitals, noted senior lawyer, Fred Onuobia. But in extrajudicial elimination, relatives do not get to know about the depart and subsequently the loved one is unable to be located. Despite Egbe’s experience, it was lucky he saw Divine so that Divine’s family were able to reclaim his.
Egbe graduated a year after his classmates and now works in a hospital lab in Delta state. Some of the officers involved in Divine’s case were also removed due to Divine’s family’s efforts.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Krestel Durbin – So sad feel for him, you have to be mentally tough in medical field. I could remember having lunch break after ana-tomy class.
Marilyn Swanson Daly – I hope God can use it to get his attention, sometimes this is what it takes.
Artie Dread – To donate yourself to science is one of the best things you can do with your body. Cremations are not good for the atmosphere and I’ve seen many o resident evicted from their final resting place.
Evan Crawshaw – I’ll remember this the next time I wanna complain about Starbucks putting peach in my green tea lemonade.
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