Two weeks after it kicked off forensic examination of the 115 bodies recovered from the rubble of the Synagogue, Church for All Nations (SCOAN), the post-mortem of all the corpses has been completed.
However, the South African government has decried the lengthy time the entire process is taking, lamenting that they are at the mercy of the Nigerian government.
Government spokesperson, Phumla Williams, said in an interview with Sunday Times of South Africa that they wished they had a timeline for the return of the bodies.
“We hoped that the process of repatriation would move quickly after the post-mortems.However, this process had been frustrated by the fact that Nigerian officials had insisted on doing DNA testing themselves. They don’t have the technology. We had hoped at least to assist in the process since. Nevertheless, the government was still waiting to hear if the bodies had been transported to a service provider for the testing. We don’t know when they are going to finish,” she said.
Williams explained that the government is willing to go and fetch the bodies itself.