Twists and turns are the order as the death of a former student union activist, Yusuf Nurudeen Alowonle aka OmOmeewa brought about confusion at the hospital where his remains was deposited.
While the 28-year-old activist was said to have been shot dead by armed robbers by the LASU management a police source claimed he was not shot but might have been stabbed. The survivor who is a staff of LASU Waheed Majekodunmi however explained they were shot.
Meanwhile at the Morgue of the Mainland Hospital in Yaba, on Saturday, sympathisers of the deceased staged a protest after a wrong body was released to the family.
According to a report by The Punch Newspaper, eyewitnesses which included an education rights activist, Hassan Soweto, explained that the deceased lawyer, Nurudeen Yusuf aka Optimist who also a former Student Union president of LASU and other well-wishers were present when the incident happened.
The remains of our dear Comrade Omomewa (released to us) was nothing more than a mass of entrails which was highly decomposed and put together in a body bag. The Morgue claimed that those who brought the “body” – the Lagos State Environmental Agency (SEHMO) – claimed that vehicles had gone over the “body” between the period of 10 pm Wednesday night when he died and 5 am Thursday morning it was brought to the morgue.
The protest however yielded positives as sympathisers who were LASU Alumni and the HOD Pathology upon cross checking noted there was a mistake from the morgue attendant who presented a wrong body.
A precondition that arouse suspicion was when the family was asked to swear an affidavit not to demand an autopsy before the body would be released and thereafter led to anger and there were tension.
With the rage and anger, a former Vice-Chancellor and the Chief Pathologist of Lagos State, Prof John Obafunwa, waded in to calm the atmosphere.
Obafunwa directed that the body should not be released until an autopsy has been made and this calmed the family and police. With this, the plans of the family to bury the deceased according to their religious beliefs has been halted until the process is concluded.