By Dennis Agbo
Marcel Amadi is the husband to late Dr Maria Amadi, the Deputy Director, School of Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu, who was murdered in front of her House on March 212019. Mr. Amadi recalls the problems her wife encountered in her work place and what she told him before she finally gave up the ghost on his palms.
How it happened!
Thursday 21st of March 2019 was a dark day for me. My wife was coming back from work and on her way to open the gate and enter inside our compound; some assassins were waiting for her. She greeted them and passed according to the children who were here. What they saw was that they started raining bullets on her, pump action.
That was between 4 and 5pm and they started calling me on the phone and my son had gone out to barb his hair. I was at the Press centre for a meeting when my phone rang, that this is what happened and that they need my attention. So I rushed to Parklane hospital emergency unit and saw my wife battered, in pool of blood and the nurses and doctors were battling to save her because my wife worked there before going to the federal neuropsychiatric hospital Enugu. Before then, my sister gave my wife phone and she said Daddy I am alive.
When I got there, I saw the quantity of bullets they rained on my wife. The parklane people did their best, they wanted to carry out operation on her abdomen because that was where it shattered her and they said we should rush her to Niger Foundation hospital. Inside the ambulance I was holding my wife with oxygen with three pants of blood but she didn’t make it.
Before my wife died, she was shouting, even when I came, she said ‘Daddy these two people have killed me.’ They are two people (names withheld). Even the DPO of a police station confirmed that because the DPO followed her down to the hospital, taking records of what she was saying. She said that they have succeeded in killing her; she was screaming and calling their names until she gave up.
Before that incident, my wife was complaining that these people were worrying her and that she had nothing to do with them. She said she told them to leave her alone in the school, that anything they wanted to do, they should go ahead and leave her alone but not to come to her clinical area because my wife was the head on nursing department there, HNS, which she was promoted recently after bagging her PhD in Nursing, the only person in Enugu state that has bagged PhD in Nursing profession. In December 2018, they promoted her to Deputy Director.
She told me that these people didn’t want her to put legs on the ground. I asked her how and she said she just wanted to let me know and that she took it as just the normal administrative embarrassment. She had worked in Parklane hospital, in the state ministry, UNTH, Orthopedics Hospitals. It’s just jealousy; that they didn’t want to be under her. She said they could do anything they wanted to do and that is where we are now.