At least 61 Boko Haram suspects detained at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno state have died as a result of heat, meningitis, and other harsh conditions, TheCable has learnt.
Eight deaths were said to have been recorded on Wednesday after the military authorities released
593 about detainees to the Borno state government, others happened earlier.
The bodies of the deceased were taken to the morgue of the State Specialist Hospital, which is said to be overstretched.
The military therefore ordered the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to conduct a mass burial for some of the corpses, which were in the hospital’s morgue.
Members of staff at the morgue resisted the bid to conduct a mass burial for persons with no autopsy and little or no records — but the orders of the military had to be carried out.
A source at the hospital told TheCable that based on the hurried evacuation and burials, the cause of the deaths could not be verified but added that “majority of the deaths were said to be due to the heat in the military facility, while some deaths were tied to meningitis”.