Only the Governor or Commissioner of Health Can Release Corpses of #EndSARS Protesters- Mainland Hospital

The management of the Mainland Hospital, Lagos has said that they have orders from the State Ministry of Health not to release corpses of suspected #EndSARS protesters.

There had been a directive issued by the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Mrs. Mojisola Dada, calling on relatives of deceased #EndSARS protesters to visit the hospital to identify their loved ones and also claim them.

When the Medical Director of Mainland Hospital, Dr. Abimbola Bowale, was contacted, he maintained that, “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,” he said.

Upon further probing, the MD said, the matter was “at the level of commissioner and governor.”

“It is not within my power. You will have to write to the honourable commissioner for permission before any corpse can be released. I hope you know that there is a pending injunction on all #ENDSARS-related cases?”

“With that injunction, I am beginning to think it may take the court, not even the governor or commissioner, to grant such request. They may have to involve the ministry of justice now. It is now a legal issue,” he maintained.


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