There was a mild drama at the National Hospital , Abuja , on Sunday, as policemen from the Mabushi Police Division abandoned the corpse of a victim of a cult clash on the premises of the medical facility .
Their action , it was gathered, followed the refusal of the mortuary attendants to accept the corpse on the claim that there was no space in the morgue .
Annoyed by the mortuary attendants ’ action, the policemen allegedly abandoned the corpse on the floor and were on their way out when the security guards of the hospital locked the gates to prevent them from leaving .
Reports learnt that the reaction angered the policemen, who then abandoned their patrol van at the gate and left for their station .
An eyewitness said the cops took a taxi back to their station .
The NHA spokesman , Dr Tayo Haastrup , confirmed the incident , adding that policemen from the Mabushi Police Division usually dumped unidentified corpses in the hospital ’ s morgue .
“ We did not accept the corpse because there was no space in the mortuary ; but instead of taking the body away , they abandoned it and blocked our gate with their vehicle , ” Haastrup added .
But the acting FCT police spokesman , Gajere Danjuma , said the policemen were forced to abandon their patrol van because the security guards shut the gates.
He noted that the officers were asked to pay N 30, 000 before the corpse would be accepted , adding that the men had earlier taken the corpse to the Maitama General Hospital , where it was also rejected.
Danjuma said , “ Why would the National Hospital demand N 30, 000 from the policemen to accept the remains of a young man who was killed during a cult clash and his body abandoned on the road ?
The men had initially taken the body to the Maitama General Hospital which rejected it , claiming that there was no space in their morgue.
“The men then moved the corpse to the National Hospital , but the workers asked them to pay N 30, 000 .
The officers told them that they were all government workers and they could not pay for performing their duties .
But the mortuary attendants refused to listen and instead locked the gates and prevented our men from leaving . ”
The police spokesman , however, said the issue was resolved after the intervention of the FCT Commissioner of Police , who directed that the body should be taken to the Wuse General Hospital mortuary .