IN the aftermath of the Boko Haram deadly attack within the Kano metropolis, about 150 persons have been deposited at the Murtala Muhammed Hospital (MMH) in the city.
There are also indications that a number of the dead may have also been deposited at several other health facilities, including the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), the Abdullahi Wase Hospital and the Sheik Ahmed Jidda Hospital within the metropolis.
A source, who asked not to be named, revealed that when he gained access to the MMH morgue under the pretext of searching for a relative, he saw lots of dead bodies on top of one another.
“I saw human bodies beyond imagination. I can recall counting at least 150 bodies after I lied to the morgue attendant that I wanted to be sure if my brother was among the dead. I could not withstand the sight of this disaster. Some of them were in police uniform; several others were in civilian clothes; so, it is difficult to say the true identity of the victims,” he said.
But the Police authorities have confirmed seven deaths in various locations, just as government has put in place a 24-hour curfew in the now deserted ancient commercial city.
As at 3 pm yesterday, scores of persons that suffered gunshot injuries after the bloody confrontation between suspected members of the Boko Haram and security personnel were brought to the MMH hospital for treatment.
Residents, who were scared stiff at about 5pm on Friday when the insurgents launched series of bomb attacks in various police formations, stayed indoors throughout yesterday in compliance with the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Kano State Government.
Areas struck by the insurgents are the Nigeria Police Zone 1 Headquarters on the BUK Road, Zaria Road Police Station, the Farm Centre Police Station, Passport Office at the farm centre, the Kano State Command Headquarters of the SSS located at Giginyu, the Immigration Headquarters at Bompai Road, the AIG Zone 1 residence at Bompai Road and the Kano Police Command Headquarters at Bompai, where the gun duel between the police and the insurgents was fiercest.
It was calm in the Kano metropolis, as heavily armed soldiers and mobile policemen patrolled the entire metropolis to forestall a repeat of the attack, which forced residents to scamper to safety throughout the night of Friday.