Veteran Nollywood actor, Jerry Amilo has narrated how he ‘died and resurrected’ after three days in the mortuary following a fatal road accident in 1998.
The film maker shared details of his fatal accident during an interview with BBC Igbo.
According to him, he was returning to Lagos from Ibadan alongside his lawyer, late Dịlo, when the front tire of his vehicle suddenly spun off its wheel.
The actor said the police confirmed everyone in the vehicle dead and he was told that his body had suddenly started twitching after three days in the morgue, causing panic.
“It’s a testimony. It’s true that I was no more and returned after three nights in the mortuary. I was involved in a terrible accident. We all died. That same day the accident happened was 30th of May, 1998.
“It was the day I had won the ‘Best Action Actor’ category of an award on its debut. I had gone to see my brother in Ibadan for business. I was returning with my lawyer. I was driving and suddenly saw my front tire ahead of me.
“The front tire removed. I turned to Dịlo, my lawyer, to ask if he was seeing what I was seeing. I couldn’t finish the words. We all died. That was all I could remember. The vehicle somersaulted, over 16 times, as I was later told.
“From accounts, I was told that a trailer driver was returning to Lagos from an offload point in Ibadan. He was returning to Lagos when he witnessed the accident. He got to the toll gate to report to the police. It was at 7 pm.
“The police got there and found us all dead. They took our corpses to the police station. They took inventory. Those who resumed the next morning took us to the morgue where there hadn’t been a power supply for three weeks.
“It’s a hospital morgue for accident victims. It was full. Most bodies start decaying before being claimed. Three days later, it seemed as though my body was twitching. The attendant had been with my body but it didn’t decay a bit.”