A Startimes Operations Manager in Minna, Niger state named Damilare
Oladapo Oluwafeyisan, 35 gruesomely passed away on Monday, 17th,
October, 2016 after suffering a severe fire accident from an electric
According to his fiancée – Miss Temitope Makinde
who spoke to Tori News, Mr. Oluseyisan fondly called Dre was assisting
his neighbour to switch off the seemingly faulty generating set around
12:15am on Sunday, the 16th of October when the device inexplicably
caught fire which rapidly spread across his body.
Dre writhed in
unbearable anguish as efforts were made to put off the fire that had
enveloped his entire body sparing his face alone.
The victim was swiftly rushed to the General Hospital Minna, Niger state
where he finally gave up the ghost at 9:30pm the following day (Monday)
due to the alleged negligence, inadequate medical apparatus and gross
incompetence of medical officials on duty.
Miss Temitope who narrated the tortuous ordeal of Dre to Tori News
amidst uncontrollably tears and gnashing of teeth believes the hospital
apparently exacerbated the already critical condition of her lover, who
was already making frantic preparations to marry her in May, 2017.
“My Dre shouldn’t have died at all. No doctor was available to treat
him. The available nurses only placed him on drips with no concrete
treatment procedures while he laboured to survive in excruciating
distress” Temitope said in a heavy voice.
“In fact, you will not
believe the hospital had no drugs at all and other medical kits for
accident victims. The nurses kept referring us to buy stuffs outside the
hospital premises” she continued.
When Tori News probed further about the depth of the medical treatment,
she revealed painkillers were administered to him to suppress his
turbulent health condition but they proved ineffectual as the patient
remained totally unstable.
“He laid on his sick bed scantily clad at an open ward in the full glare
of the public after his burned skin was peeled. His clothes and bed
sheets had to be changed recurrently as they were always drenched in his
“He became an object of sympathy as different people stared at his severe skin burns with compassion”
“What hurts me most is that no doctor was available to attend to my fiancé as he started to die slowly due to loss of energy”
After deliberations, Dre’s eldest brother – Tunde, Temitope and other
loved ones who were with him at the emergency ward decided to transfer
him to a standard hospital in Abuja with improved medical facilities as
his resounding cries rented the air of the ward without adequate medical
Their decision was impeded by a bureaucratic
procedure – authorized referral letter from the medical doctor in charge
who was nowhere near his office from the afternoon period till the
evening thereby leaving the hapless Dre to the cold hands of death.
According to Temitope, all efforts to reach the medical doctor proved futile till Dre gradually started dying.
The handsome and promising young man who observed his National Youth
Service programme alongside Temitope in the year 2011 at Akwete, Ukwa
East Local Government Area – Abia State was finally pronounced dead at
9:30pm on Monday after he lost consciousness.