We’re Not Allowed To Launch Our bodies Of #ENDSARS Protesters


In accordance with The PUNCH, the administration of Mainland Hospital, Lagos, has stated it can not launch the our bodies of #EndSARS protesters.

The hospital says it has acquired a directive from the state Ministry of Well being to not launch corpses of suspected #ENDSARS protesters.

Our correspondent visited the Mainland Hospital after the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Mrs. Mojisola Dada, by way of a public announcement, directed relations who had misplaced family members between October 19th and 27th to go to the Lagos State College Instructing Hospital to establish and declare our bodies of their family members.

The #ENDSARS protests had lasted between October seventh and 20th in Lagos and several other different states of the federation.

Whereas the protests lasted, relations, mates and associates of lacking individuals claimed their relations had both been killed or held incommunicado by safety brokers.

Of explicit concern was the Lekki toll gate taking pictures of Tuesday, October 20, the place peaceable #ENDSARS protesters had been shot at by safety brokers, resulting in yet-to-be ascertained variety of casualties.

The taking pictures incident had attracted nationwide and worldwide outcry, with the Lagos State and Federal governments being urged to unravel the identification of the shooters and who deployed them.

The general public discover by the Lagos State coroner didn’t, nonetheless, state if the our bodies that had been scheduled for launch additionally included these of individuals who died in the course of the #EndSARS protest.

It reads partly, “That is to inform the Basic Public that the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Hon Justice M. A. Dada (Mrs.) pursuant to Part 15, Coroner’s System Legislation of Lagos State, 2015 the Pathology Staff would need all those that have misplaced family members between 19th – 27th October 2020 (that’s, next-of-kin of the victims) to supply related data that might help the identification train.

“The subsequent-of kin ought to kindly contact the Division of Pathology and Forensic Medication, Lagos State College Instructing Hospital (LASUTH), Oba Akinjobi Approach, Ikeja for the identification train of the Deceased.

“The subsequent-of-kin shall be required to supply technique of identification of themselves and their family members.

“Solely the dad and mom, siblings or youngsters, in that lowering order of desire are anticipated to return to LASUTH.

“These next-of-kin shall be required to return with clear pictures of the lacking individual and their very own higher physique pictures; and likewise present samples for Reference DNA Profile, the place mandatory.

“This profile shall be in contrast with these already collected at post-mortem from the deceased.

“It’s only after a definitive scientific identification that the our bodies of the deceased shall be launched by the Workplace of the Chief Coroner to the next-of-kin for burial.”

When our correspondent visited the Mainland Hospital mortuary in Yaba, Lagos, on Friday, the entrance desk workers stated there was a transparent directive from the state authorities for dieners [morgue attendants] to launch solely the our bodies of those that died earlier than and after the #ENDSARS protests.

“If a person was a part of the #ENDSARS protest, we can not establish or do something about it for now.

“But when the physique was introduced earlier than or after the protest, I may go the image to see if morticians had come throughout the face within the mortuary.

“Relations can come when the federal government lifts the ban on such corpses. We’re simply ready for the announcement to be made earlier than we begin releasing these our bodies to the households,” the attendant, who refused to provide his identify, stated.

When our correspondent spoke with the Medical Director of Mainland Hospital, Dr. Abimbola Bowale, he maintained what the mortuary attendant had stated.

“It’s only the commissioner (of well being) and even Mr. Governor that may launch the physique to you, Sir. So, you’ll have to contact him,”
he stated.

Upon additional probing, the MD stated, the matter was “on the degree of commissioner and governor.”

“It isn’t inside my energy. You’ll have to write to the honourable commissioner for permission earlier than any corpse may be launched.

“I hope you recognize that there’s a pending injunction on all #ENDSARS-related circumstances?

“With that injunction, I’m starting to suppose it could take the court docket, not even the governor or commissioner, to grant such request. They could must contain the ministry of justice now. It’s now a authorized concern,” he maintained.

All efforts to succeed in the Commissioner of Well being, Prof. Akin Abayomi; and Director, Public Affairs on the state well being ministry, Mr. Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, had been unsuccessful.

In addition they didn’t reply to textual content messages despatched to them.

Nevertheless, the Lagos Commissioner for Info and Technique, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, stated the state authorities would quickly react to the problem by way of a Press assertion.

“The chief coroner issued an announcement on Wednesday saying folks ought to go and establish the our bodies of their family members.

“There’s a plan to launch the our bodies after the coroner’s inquest, in accordance with the regulation. That’s to point out you the federal government has nothing to cover.

“I’ll concern a Press assertion on that quickly. We’re nonetheless fine-tuning it in the meanwhile,” he stated on Friday.

As of the time of submitting this report, the Press assertion has not been issued.

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