Nyanya bomb­ing: Pathol­o­gists still work­ing to iden­tify dis­mem­bered bod­ies

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

The federal govern­ment yes­ter­day said pathol­o­gists and foren­sic ex­perts were still work­ing fran­ti­cally with the help of mem­bers of fam­i­lies to iden­tify mu­ti­lated bod­ies in last week Nyanya bomb blast.

Min­is­ter of State for Health Dr Khaliru Al­has­san said this when he vis­ited some hos­pi­tals in Abuja where some sur­vivals are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

He said: “If you take into con­sid­er­a­tion the na­ture of the in­ci­dent; it mu­ti­lated the body. So, it is not an easy task im­me­di­ately to say this is some­body. We are re­lat­ing with the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims, and al­ready, we have made some progress. Some vic­tims have been prop­erly iden­ti­fied and re­leased to their next of kin for proper burial. But, we are still work­ing on iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

The min­is­ter said some of the in­jured per­sons had been dis­charged from the hospi­tal while oth­ers were re­spond­ing to treat­ment.

At the Asokoro Hospi­tal, he told re­porters: “We came out to­day to visit the vic­tims of this bomb blast to see the progress they are mak­ing and to let us see the ef­forts put up by our col­leagues who are tak­ing care of them.”

He how­ever stated that death toll from the blast re­mained 75 ear­lier given by his col­league Min­is­ter of Health, Prof Onye­buchi Chukwu on Tues­day.

Mean­while, the Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (NMA) yes­ter­day de­manded that ap­pro­pri­ate ma­chin­ery be put in place to iden­tify the mu­ti­lated bod­ies.

The NMA called for use of full scale foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion, DNA anal­y­sis and other “glob­ally ac­cepted modal­i­ties of Dis­as­ter Vic­tim Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (DVI) and doc­u­men­ta­tion which would aid fur­ther bal­lis­tic in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” to help iden­tify the mu­ti­lated ca­su­al­ties.

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