By the end of August, the University of Abuja would mass-bury 108 unclaimed bodies, including 16 babies.
The management of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital claims that the mass burial was an effort to clear up space in the hospital's morgue, which is located within its premises in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT.
The abandoned or unclaimed corpses were brought into the mortuary mostly by security agents, including police and FRSC officials, according to a hospital public notice that was seen by reporters.
According to the report, four babies with the names Ayomide, Olaniyi, Gbenga Bidemi, and Joshua were brought into the morgue on November 9, 2021, while others with the names Kamibili, Chentiwu, Augustine, and one other unidentified baby was brought in between June 22 and 26 of the following year.
The hospital added that a set of triplets that were brought in on June 11, 2023, were yet to be claimed as well, noting that all of them will be buried together if they are not claimed within two weeks from now.
“The Management of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, wishes to notify the general public and depositors of abandoned or unknown corpses that in her efforts to decongest the morgue, shall evacuate the abandoned corpses if there is no claim of the bodies after 2 weeks of this publication,” it read.