Decomposing remains of a man and a woman believed to be lovers were found in a car at the premises of a hospital in Kano on Monday evening, two months after a similar incident in the city.
The corpses of Najib Aliyu and Nadiya Abdullahi Gwammaja were traced to a Nissan Avalanche car after complaints of a putrid odour by passers-by and patients at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, officials said.
No one could say for sure as at yesterday what caused the death of the two, who were in their early 30s and said to have met through social networking on Blackberry cell phones.
The late Najib made this last post on his Facebook wall on Friday at 7.28am: “On my way to Kano, friends I need ur prayers.”
Over the weekend, his friends and family shared a Blackberry message announcing his disappearance: “A man by the name Najeeb Aliyu Yunusa has been missing since Friday evening. He was last seen in Kano. He is from Kano and one of the managers of Azman Petroleum Abuja. All efforts to trace him proved abortive as his lines were also off. Please copy and share, let’s try and see how we can help. You may be saving a life as you do this.”
A hospital official said yesterday that after patients complained about the some strange smell, workers traced the source of the odour to the car in which the decomposing bodies were found at about 7pm on Monday.
People who saw the corpses before they were evacuated said there was no sign of physical injuries or violence on them.
Spokesman for the hospital, Alhaji Aminu Inuwa Ringim, confirmed the incident.
“It was the bad odour coming out of the car that attracted the attention of passers-by, who later reported the matter to the management of the hospital,” Ringim told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“The deceased were suspected to have died since Friday when they came there and parked, only God knows what happened,” he added.
A relation of the late Nadiya told journalists in Kano yesterday that the two were not “lovers” as was being rumoured but “mere Blackberry friends” who met through social networking on Blackberry cell phones.
“We discovered that she obtained the contact of the deceased man from one of her closest female friends in our area,” he said.
Nadiya was a divorcee who had married twice and had a 6-year-old daughter from the second marriage.
For his part, Najib was a manager with an oil company in Abuja who was also married and had two children.
“After her marriage ended she came back to stay in our family house which is located near Gidan danBuzu in Gwammaja area,” Nadiya’s brother said.
“Our family lost contact with my sister since Friday after she claimed she was visiting her younger sister’s home where the deceased man picked her.
“When Nadiya was about to leave for her sister’s home she told us she was expecting a visitor from Abuja. We later learnt that the visitor picked Nadiya and her sister and drove them to the house of one of her ex-husband’s relatives where she paid a condolence visit.
“From there she told her sister that her visitor would escort her to collect some new clothes from a tailor and would return shortly. That was how we lost contact with her until we heard over the radio that she was found dead with a man inside a car at Aminu Kano Hospital.”
Deputy spokesman of the Kano Police Command, ASP Magaji Musa Majiya, who confirmed the incident, said samples for post mortem had been taken from the corpses before they were released to their families for burial.
This was the second time in as many months that dead people were found in cars in Kano.
On March 14, a man and woman in their 20s were found dead inside a Peugeot 406 car at Kundila quarters in Kano, which incidentally is near the hospital where Monday’s incident happened. The man was identified as Abubakar Abba while the lady was Ummul Khair Muhammad. They were also said to have met via Blackberry messaging.