Jigawa State Police Command has halted the burial of seven unconscious individuals who were victims of a building collapse in Bursali village in Birniwa local government area of the state.
State reports indicated that a heated argument broke out between police, the victims’ families and the community after the victims’ unconscious bodies were retrieved from the site of a collapsed building.
The victims trapped in the collapsed building were prepared for burial when the police delegation pushed for medical confirmation of their deaths.
Police Public Relations Office (PPRO), DSP Lawal Shi’isu Adam, said in a statement issued, signed and made available to Tribune Online that “a local mold building in Bursali collapsed, detaining the seven of its occupants.”
According to the statement, “a team of police officers arrived on the scene after receiving the report. Upon arrival, seven were found dead and one seriously injured.”
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DSP Shi’isu added that the police team recommended that the bodies be taken to hospital, but an argument and a reign of swearing ensued between their relatives and the police.
The police team eventually took the victims to Birniwa General Hospital after the fights.
Shi’isu revealed that “on the arrival of the hospital, the doctor examined that the said dead people are all so alive that four of them could even talk in the hospital.”
The statement called on the public to always allow security and the medical profession to demonstrate their legitimate duties.