The leadership of CSW narrates that five days after he arrived in Abuja, his wife took him to the CBN Hospital, where a senior medic was obliged to intervene before he was given oxygen and admitted.
“He was later given the choice of three hospitals. His wife opted for EHA Clinics; however, once again a high-level directive had to be issued for him to be admitted,” the Christian entity reports, and adds that a few hours later, hospital staff informed Mrs. Mailafia that her husband would have to be transferred to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, as the facility was not sufficiently equipped to handle his case.
“She initially refused, but consented following assurances from the consultant that all would be well,” the organization that advocates for religious freedom narrates, and adds, “However, upon arriving at Gwagwalada on 18 September, the Mailafias discovered that the doctor who was meant to have been available to attend to him was not there, and those who were on duty were hostile.”
Mrs. Mailafia was reportedly asked to pay a deposit of N600,000 (approximately £1,067), even though the case was a referral, and the doctors “flatly refused” to place Dr. Mailafia on a ventilator when he complained of breathing difficulties and requested one.
The Middle Belt Forum has also reported that doctors refused to perform chest compressions to resuscitate Dr. Mailafia, stating, “Even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared that there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead.”
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Following the demise, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has issued a statement demanding “a thorough Independent forensic analysis,” of Mailafia’s death.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has also joined the call for an investigation into Dr. Mailafia’s death, as there were “very unassailable reasons to believe that the alarm he raised which was never investigated” may have been behind his “sudden demise.”
In the September 20 report, Mr. Mervyn has hailed Mailafia’s heroism, integrity and love for his country, attributes that the CSW President says will never be forgotten.
In his call for justice for Dr. Mailafia, the CSW official says that any medical staff found to have been responsible for the celebrated Nigerian advocate’s death should “not only be relieved of all duties, but also face legal consequences.”
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.