Incidences of lovers being found dead inside vehicles around Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital have been generating reactions from the public. While some residents blame the incidents on poor security vigilance in the hospital, others point fingers at what they see as an emerging social problem associated with the proliferation of social networking, especially on mobile phones
Recently, the lifeless bodies of a man and woman - Najib Aliyu Yunusa and Nadiya Abdullahi Gwammaja – were discovered decomposing at a quiet area inside Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital by passersby who were attracted by an odious smell that was oozing from a heavily tinted saloon car.
A source from the lady’s family, who claimed to be her younger brother, said Nadiya was a divorcee and had a 6-year-old daughter from her last marriage, while Najib, a manager of a filling station in Abuja, was her ‘BlackBerry Fiend’ who was also married and had two children. “We discovered that she obtained the contact of the deceased man from one of her closest female friends in our area,” he said.
A hospital official said after patients complained about some strange smell, workers traced the source of the odour to the car in which the decomposing bodies were found at about 7pm last Monday. “The deceased were suspected to have died since Friday when they came there and parked; only God knows what happened”, Aminu Inuwa Ringim, the hospital’s spokesman told reporters.
People, who were in the area when the corpses were evacuated, said there was no sign of physical injuries or violence on them. “The only unusual thing was that blood was seen trickling down the noses of both corpses which were swollen up… They might have probably been poisoned elsewhere before they came into the hospital”, a patient’s relative, Musa Garba noted.
A medical source, who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, lamented that the hospital has been allowed to be used by some people as a relaxation and not a health centre.
A concerned parent, Maryam Fagge, opined that there is a need for parents and guardians to re-examine the use of latest mobile phones like blackberry and other gadgets which come with social networking facilities in them among young people in the society, notably women.
“This alarming trend should be a source of concern for all parents because it is turning our children into something else. You may not believe it if I tell you that our teenage daughters now abandon the house chores and instead spend more than 15 hours chatting with strangers on blackberry messaging or Facebook. That’s how they become used by strange men who later lure them into following them to relaxation or entertainment centers without their parents knowledge or consent”, she lamented.
She therefore advised parents to exercise control over their children by monitoring their use of mobile phones and the internet strictly