The management of Mainland Hospital in Lagos says it received a clear directive from the state Ministry of Health not to release bodies of people who died during #EndSARS protests.
This is coming days after the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Mrs Mojisola Dada in a public announcement, directed relatives of people, who lost their lives between October 19th and 27 to visit the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to identify and claim bodies of their loved ones.
You’ll recall that the #EndSARS protests started on Sunday, October 4 and lasted for more than two weeks, as young Nigerians across the country blocked highways and city centres to protest against police brutality and bad governance.
But in the evening of Tuesday, October 20, some soldiers in a bid to enforce the curfew imposed by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Oluinvaded Lekki tollgate protest ground and shot at peaceful protesters.
However, following the directive by the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, the management of Mainland Hospital said it’s been directed not to release bodies of those who died during the protests.
According to Punch, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Abimbola Bowale, said, “It is only the commissioner (of health) or even Mr. Governor that can release the body to you, Sir. So, you will have to contact him.”
A front desk staff of the hospital also disclosed to the newspaper that the hospital’s dieners (morgue attendants) have been instructed to release bodies of only those who died before and after #EndSARS protests.