To ascertain the cause of death of a businessman and hotelier, Alaba Bakare, his family has appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to order a coroner inquest.
They are also asking the governor to order the release of the autopsy report conducted on his body at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) since January 24, 2022, for judicial proceedings into the matter.
The deceased’s wife, Motunrayo Bakare, was alleged to have used hot iron on her husband, Alaba, popularly known as Bama, in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State.
Motunrayo was alleged to have plugged a pressing iron into the deceased’s neck and chest during an argument.
This inflicted burns on her late husband’s chest.
The deceased’s father, Chief Olufemi Bakare, said the request was in accordance with an August 23, 2022 order made by Justice Adeyinka Adeyemi of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, for coroner proceedings into the matter in a suit brought against the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, the state Director of Public Prosecution, the Inspector General of Police and four others.
Aside Chief Bakare, other claimants / applicants are Akinjide Bakare and Taiwo Bakare.
Chief Bakare, in the petition to the governor dated November 14, 2022, claimed to have made efforts to get the report of the autopsy through the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chief Medical Examiner, LASUTH, to no avail, adding that to his surprise, all his letters, including acknowledged copies, were returned to him.
He said the earlier ones written to the governor were also returned by the governor’s Chief of Staff without reason.
The petitioner alleged a trend of inconsistency by the police, which investigated the death of the late Managing Director of Bama Hotels and Suites, and the content of the legal advice issued by the DPP, Dr Babajide Martins, reference number LJP/HOM/2022/41 dated April 29, 2022, which recommended the prosecution of his wife, Motunrayo Bakare for the offence of ‘grievous harm’ and the discharge of three other suspects.
He noted that this was done despite that many eyewitnesses wrote otherwise in their written statements made to the police, including that of the first child of the deceased, the late Elizabeth Bakare.
He also raised a number of questions against the criminal charge recommended to be brought against the wife of the deceased who in the legal advice allegedly confessed and admitted to using hot iron on the deceased mouth, nose neck and chest.
He asked: “is it proper to dump the body of the living who sustained grievous harm into a mortuary by the Nigeria Police detectives?
” He alleged that the legal advice issued by the DPP was to pervert the course of justice as it dropped a criminal charge of murder against the wife of the deceased and others recommended to be discharged and called for a review of the document.
He alleged that the DPP failed to give consideration to a number of statements made to the detectives at the Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID), Yaba and listed these to include the medical report issued by the All Souls Hospital, Agege which was addressed to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), SCID acknowledged by the Police on February 4, 2022.
The family said the DPP’s advice made no reference to the existence of the medical report for reasons unknown and in which one Dr U.
E. Abraham, a medical officer in the hospital, said: “Patients was brought in dead”.
Such a medical report ought not to be set aside by any public officer, as it was forwarded to the DCP for official reasons and not in secrecy in pretence that the Police did not conduct a proper investigation into the case.
He alleged that the DPP prejudiced his right to justice for not giving consideration to the document.
Two autopsies carried out on late police Insp Monday Orukpe of the police command in Lagos State have revealed that the officer died of assault, multiple injuries and blunt force trauma.
The autopsies were conducted by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and the Nigerian Army Cantonment Medical Centre, Ojo. The reports were made available to the News Agency of Nigeria by the widow, Mrs Favour Orukpe on Thursday.
On Aug. 3, some soldiers from Ojo Cantonment allegedly clashed with some policemen controlling traffic in the area, leading to the death of Orukpe.
The autopsy from LASUTH signed on Oct. 27, 2022, by Dr O.
O. Onayemi of the Department of Pathology and Forensics revealed that multiple injuries and blunt force trauma caused Insp Orukpe’s death.
Blunt force trauma, also known as non-penetrating trauma refers to injury to the body by forceful impact, falls, or physical attack with a dull object.
The Nigerian Army’s autopsy report signed by Dr I.
Agueze revealed that primary cause of death was assault, while secondary cause of death was head injury.
Mrs Orukpe had alleged that her husband had not been buried because of the delay in the release of the autopsy reports and the Nigerian Army’s investigation report.
She said that though the autopsy reports were now released, the Nigerian Army was yet to release its investigation report to determine who the culprits were.
Acting Deputy Director in charge of Public Relations at 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Olaniyi Osoba, said the joint committee of the Army and the police investigating the case was still sitting.
Osoba said that the investigating team had gone far in its assignment and was probing all issues surrounding the incident, administratively.
He said the report would be out when the committee concluded its findings.
Mrs Favour Orukpe, the widow of Insp. Monday Orukpe, allegedly killed by some soldiers in Lagos, says her husband has not been buried due to delay in the Nigerian Army’s investigation report.
Orukpe told the News Agency of Nigeria that the non-availability of autopsy report carried out by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, had also contributed to the delay.
She said that the corpse was taken to LASUTH about a month ago and the hospital promised that within two weeks, the result would be out.
Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, said he had carried out the autopsy.
“I have investigated.
The Autopsy has been carried out and the report will be given to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) on Friday,” he said NAN reports that on Aug. 3, some soldiers from Ojo Military Cantonment, allegedly clashed with some policemen controlling traffic in the area.
Orukpe’s widow reiterated her demand for justice from the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the Inspector-General of Police (I-GP).
She said that her husband died on duty while serving the nation, adding that the COAS and the I-GP should not allow his service to the nation go to waste.
“I want justice.
I want them to take care of my four children, because I can’t do it alone.
“I am sending this message to the COAS and I-GP because my husband died on duty assigned to him wearing his uniform,” she said.
The late Orukpe was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on May 1, 2002 and he rose to the rank of a Senior Inspector before his death.
The widow said that though the family was willing to do the burial, it had no money to carry it out.
She added that the family had also agreed with the police on where to bury her husband.
The Lagos police spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, however, said that the police were always responsible for the burial of their personnel.
He explained that paper work of the deceased by his family might have delayed such fund from being released.
Hundeyin said that the earlier the deceased family started processing the papers from the division to the command pension unit before moving to Force Headquarters Abuja for final approval, the better.
In his reaction, the Acting Deputy Director in charge of Public Relations at 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Olaniyi Osoba, said the joint committee of the Army and the police investigating the case was ongoing.
Osoba said that the investigating team had gone far and was probing all issues surrounding the incident, administratively.
He said the report would be out when the committee concluded its findings.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has advised women to make their health a priority especially by regularly checking their cancer status.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr Eniayewun Ademuyiwa, Sanwo-Olu gave the advice at the 57th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
He said that the women should take their health seriously by eating healthy foods and going for regular medical checkups and screenings.
He explained that regular screening and early detection were key to survival of cancer, adding that people should refrain from living in self-denial.
He, therefore, reiterated the commitment of the state government toward treatment and eradication of oncological diseases like cancer.
“Presently, there is well equipped diagnostic centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Lagos State General Hospital where people can go to do cancer diagnosis of any kind.
“Unfortunately, some people with cancer lived in self-denial only to present the case and seek medical intervention late when the situation had become complicated.
“The best way to avert the consistent and continued pattern of cancer claiming lives is early detection through regular check-up.
“Early detection increases the chances of survival and preserves many more lives,” Sanwo-Olu said.
A Consultant Oncologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr Muhammad Habeebu, said that lack of adequate knowledge and awareness among women was a major contributing factor to increasing incidences of breast cancer cases.
Habeebu, however, decried the poor attitude of Nigerians to health issues.
According to him, the increasing rate and spread of killer diseases in Africa has made it necessary that Nigerians cultivate health maintenance culture.
“There is urgent need to encourage women in Nigeria to be breast cancer awareness so that they will see the need to carry out regular cancer screening and breast self-examination.
“Participating in screening programmes is also vital to ensure that cancer is detected early, and you have the best chance of early detection, treating and surviving.
“To improve survival for breast cancer in patients will require concerted effort to change the attitude of our patients and put up necessary infrastructure and insurance,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of AMLSN, Mr Olumide Fadipe, called for increased collaboration with medical laboratory scientists to enhance their scope of diagnostics.
Fadipe said that governments and stakeholders could partner with the laboratory scientists to secure the equipment for cancer diagnosis, which were capital intensive.
“There is need to enhance the scope of laboratory diagnosis through equipment provision and adequate funding such that all cancer diagnosis and treatment can be done within the country.
“The idea is to reduce capital flight and the rate at which people travel out of the country for cancer diagnosis and treatment,” Fadipe said.
The Vice-Chairman of Ikeja Local Government, Mr Yomi Mayungbe, reiterated the commitment of the local government to create grassroot awareness about breast cancer.
Mayungbe said with the proposed awareness programmme, more women would have better knowledge about how, where and when to go for cancer checks.
Three saleswomen, who allegedly stole six million Naira from Sweet Sensation restaurant, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The defendants are Oluwatosin Owa, cashier; Esther Ogoke, frontline officer; and Juliet Madueke, also a frontline officer.
They are aged 26, 35 and 25 respectively, and reside at Magodo, Alagbado and Berger areas of Lagos State respectively.
The defendants are all employees of Sweet Sensation, LASUTH outlet in Ikeja.
They are charged with conspiracy and stealing but they pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Insp Felicia Okwori, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Aug. 2 at the outlet.
The prosecutor said that the defendants stole six million Naira from the proceeds of their sales within three years.
Okwori said that the theft was discovered when the company’s accounts were audited.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The Magistrate, Mrs H.
Mogaji, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties in like sum.
Mogaji adjourned the case until Oct. 5 for mention.
The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in partnership with the Cardiovascular Education Foundation, an NGO, has commenced a cardiac mission intervention targeted at offering treatment to patients with cardiovascular diseases.Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, who spoke at a news conference organised on Friday to flag-off the programme said the intervention was a landmark event."What we are doing here today is about interventional cardiovascular procedures that we have lined up for some of our less privileged patients in collaboration with Cardiovascular Education Foundation."This is another landmark event for LASUTH and it is made possible because we are open for partnership, alliances and association with willing partners, and this has helped us over the years."They have come to LASUTH at the right time because few months ago, we partnered an organisation to set-up a cardiac catheterization laboratory, which happens to be the first and only functional lab of its kind in any public institution in Nigeria."Since the set-up of the laboratory, we have been doing cases but with this mission the scope of the lab will be put to good use because a lot of procedures are going on in the lab."They are also working side by side with our experts withing so that skills can be transferred," he said.Fabamwo commended the foundation for identifying with the hospital and providing medical interventions to patients."The missioners in their kindness and magnanimity brought with them all the very expensive materials needed for some of the procedures."The patients are paying virtually next to nothing for the procedures and this is a very commendable gesture'" he said.He advised Nigerian to maintain healthy lifestyles to avoid cardiovascular diseases.Speaking also, Dr Obi Emerole, the President of Cardiovascular Education Foundation said the aim of the partnership was to provide relief for patients who cannot afford the care they need."Over the next week one week, we will be providing care to a lot of patients and this will include, Geographic Variation, implantation of pacemakers, implantation of cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) among others."This is an opportunity for close to 20 patients who will not ordinarily be able to afford the care they need."It is also an opportunity for skills transfer to some of the Nigeria based cardiologists and at the same time, we will be able to learn from them."I must commend the effort of LASUTH cardiologists for having done the ground work so that this intervention can commence immediately," the U.S. based consultant cardiologists said.Emerole said the foundation would continue to partner with the institution towards making LASUTH a premier destination for cardiovascular education training, research and patients care in Sub-Sahara Africa.
A Clinical Pathologist, Dr Wale Olusanya, has advocated the establishment of more laboratories, equipped with modern and effective cancer diagnostic equipment to check incidences of cancer in the country.
Olusanya, who is the Centre Manager of Bola Tinubu Health and Diagnostic Centre (BTHDC), made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said that data from the Global Cancer Observatory shows that cancer is a major health challenge in the country, causing an estimated 78,899 deaths in 2020 and about 124,815 new cases diagnosed yearly.
He, however, added that more laboratory screening tests with appropriate devices could offer reliable results for prompt diagnoses, which could save lives and reduce patient’s hospitalisation.
The pathologist said accurate data from cancer screening could assist doctors to detect malignant cells before they spread to other parts of the body.
According to him, tests can reveal significant abnormalities in different body organs and help in monitoring the progression of cancerous cells for proper management.
He explained that a combination of imaging tests such as CT scan, Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) would assist in the early detection of tumors, inflammation and other signs of cancer, especially in patients that are at a high risk.
He said “cancer treatment is more effective in the early stages.
This is the reason why we need to bridge the gap in screening by establishing more laboratories that have modern equipment.
“We have the expertise and relevant diagnostic tools that use modern technology in screening.
This aligns with our mission of enhancing patient care and safety.
“Our partnership with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has helped doctors to detect latent cancers at an early stage.
“This helps them in properly managing the disease and preventing it from spreading to other parts of the body.
“For cancer survivors, these screening procedures help in identifying untreated cells and reoccurrences.
” Olusanya also said that the BTHDC was planning more partnerships to support hospitals in the treatment of cancer.
He added that to provide continued support to patients, BTHDC had been working with stakeholders to understand the challenges in cancer diagnosis.
The collaboration would assist to meet the needs of providing accurate data that would aid diagnosis and treatment for better outcomes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the BTHDC is a public-private partnership project between LASUTH and the PPC Healthcare, a leading innovative healthcare solutions provider.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Friday said that the state had exited the fifth COVID-19 wave, noting that severe complications from the disease had ended.
Abayomi said this during the launch of a Lithotripsy Machine donated to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Lagos on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had on July 8, in a public health advisory, warned of the onset of fifth COVID-19 wave arising from increasing daily infections.
According to the commissioner, though COVID-19 infection is still present, many residents have developed immunity against the disease from natural infection or vaccination.
“Now that we’ve weaned ourselves out of the fifth COVID-19 wave, it’s still rumbling around, but most residents have enough immunity either from natural infection or vaccination.
“We are not seeing the severe complications of COVID-19 infection any more,” Abayomi said.
He said that the Lithotripsy Machine, donated by Mr Idowu Obasa, would assist many patients who would have otherwise gone through painful and dangerous medical procedures.
He said that the donation made LASUTH the first recipient of Lithotripsy Machine in public health facilities in Nigeria.
According to him, Lithotripsy is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure that uses shock waves or lasers to break down stones in the kidneys, bladder or ureters.
He explained that kidney stones occur when minerals and other substances in the urine crystallise in one’s kidneys, forming solid masses or stones that are too large to pass through the urinary tract.
He commended the donor, noting that the machine would further assist LASUTH in raising the standard of healthcare in the state and also the country.
Commenting, Obasa said he was inspired to purchase the machine when he heard about the equipment gap.
“In 2009, I used this machine in India for a procedure in just a normal hospital, not private, not expensive and honestly it’s shameful that we have to go to India to get things that we ought to get here.
“I’m a chronic Kidney disease patient, among other things.
I’m one of the people that medical practitioners call, ‘with many underlying conditions’.
“I’m like a chemist when I start using my drugs.
“I have been privileged to be attended to in so many hospitals all over the world and I want to say that our doctors are better qualified than most of the people we meet.
“My experience in India inspired me and I said, why should India have these machines scattered all over the place and we don’t have any here?
” Obasa said.
The lawmaker noted that adequate equipment was critical to quality healthcare service delivery and commended the state government for maintaining excellence in the health sector.
Also, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, disclosed that the Lithotripsy Machine cost between N40 million and N50 million.
Fabamwo commended Obasa for the generous donation, saying that the machine that the hospital usually rented for procedure, got spoilt and that created gaps.
He pledged to ensure proper and judicious use of the machine to promote citizen’s health.
A professor of Radiology, Abiodun Adeyinka, has urged the Federal Government and private sector to invest in ‘Interventional Radiology’ to boost modern medicine practices in Nigeria.
Adeyinka, a consultant radiologist, College of Medicine, UCH, Ibadan, made the at the 2022 faculty day celebration by the Faculty of Radiology, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, on Monday, in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the programme is: “Role of Interventional Radiology In Modern Medicine In Nigeria”.
He described interventional radiology as a sub-specialty in radiology that performs various minimally-invasive procedures that diagnose, treat and cure many kind of conditions using medical imaging guidance such as X-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or ultrasound.
Adeyinka,the key speaker at event, said that interventional radiology had not replaced surgery but provided a less invasive way of doing some surgical procedures that would had kept patient in the hospital for about three to four weeks.
According to him, with the interventional radiology the surgical procedure is done on a daily basis and achieves the same result as surgery and the patient leaves the hospital within some hours.
He said that interventional radiology remained the best medical offer a patient could get because “it is an advancement in the medical practice.
” “Instead of an open surgical operation, the interventional radiology can be used to give a permanent cure to fibroids, cancer and cardiac conditions.
“It can be used to stop the supply of blood to fibroid tumor in women and once the tumor no longer gets blood, it shrinks and dies.
“But where we are having problems is in the area of equipment; the materials and equipment used in interventional radiology are quite expensive.
“That’s why we need government as well as private sector to come in and provide or subsidise the cost of some of the equipment,” he said.
Adeyinka, therefore, urged government to make it easier for the equipment to be imported into the country by reducing or totally removing the excessive tariffs placed on them at the ports.
“There are some of our partners abroad that want to donate some of the equipment to Nigeria but due to high tariffs, they are stocked there at the port.
“There are just about 19 centres in Nigeria that have interventional radiology.
Even if government can’t provide the equipment, at least it can create the enabling environment for the equipment to easily enter the country,” Adeyinka said.
The Faculty Chairperson, Prof. Rachel Akinola, identified consumables and manpower as major challenges that limit the adoption and practice of interventional radiology in Nigeria.
Akinola, also a consultant radiologist, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), said there were limited number of trained professionals to handle interventional radiology in Nigeria.
In her speech of welcome, Akinola, also lamented that the few available trained professionals were leaving the country to practice abroad.
She, therefore, called on the government to intensify efforts not only to train professionals on interventional radiology, but to retain the already trained doctors and medical professionals.
Another consultant radiologist, Dr Caleb Yakubu, said the essence of the programme was to sensitise and educate the general populace on the relevance of radiology in medical operations.
Yakubu, also the Coordinator, One-Stop-Breast Clinic, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said the objective was to educate the public on ways to benefit from the modern medical advancements that were evolving.
He emphasised the need for women to go for cancer screening with the aid of mammography machines.
Yakubu added that government ensure provision of the machines in states and federal hospitals across the country.
“The key to effective management of cancer is early detection.
And eight out of every 10 Nigerian women has breast cancer.
And the type of breast cancer they have is very aggressive and they are presented late.
“So, let government provide mammography machines in all government hospitals and make them readily available, accessible and affordable so that Nigeria women can easily be screened for cancer,” he said.
A retired consultant radiologist, Prof. Gbadebo Olusegun, urged the Federal Government to do everything possible to stop the increasing brain drain and medical tourism among the Nigerian citizens.
According to him, setting up functional and equipped interventional radiology centres with trained professionals will help to curb medical tourism and brain drain in the country.
“Unfortunately, hard times are here, where we are confronted with massive brain drain of medical professionals and unimaginable foreign exchange bastardisation.
“If people can get in Nigeria the same quality of healthcare they seek abroad, they will have no reason to travel to another country.
“This will also conserve foreign exchange and save capital flight,” Olusegun said.
A Non-Government Organisations (NGO), Mirable Centre, on Thursday commended the ruling on the killer of a job seeker, Ini Umoren.
The Mirabel Centre Manager, Mrs Juliet Olumuyiwa-Rufai, in a post on the Centre’s Twitter handle monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria said the sentence would deter others who may want to involve in such act.
“Today, Uduk Akpan was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Ini Umoren.
“Ini, a young Nigerian woman had her life ahead of her and this was cut short by Akpan.
“The victims of rape deserve justice and we hope this serves as a deterrent.
“Rape is a heinous crime which must not be allowed to fester in this society.
” She says that the foundation commend the ruling of the court and hopes that all pending cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) are expedited.
“We also note that it has been over two years since Uwa Omozuwa’s rape which led to her death.
“We call on the authorities in Edo State to bring justice to Uwa’s family.
“We are similarly aware of the case of Barakat Bello who was raped and murdered in Oyo State.
“We call on the authorities there to bring justice to Barakat’ family.
She appreciated all those who fought for Umoren to get justice.
NAN reports that the Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo on Thursday sentenced Uduak Frank Akpan, the first accused in the murder of Iniubong Umoren to die by hanging.
In the over two hours judgement by the presiding Judge, Bassey Nkanang, the convict was found guilty of rape and murder and sentenced to be hung on the neck till he dies.
NAN reports that Misss Umoren, 26, went missing on April 29, 2021 after she was lured out of her home in Uyo with a fake job interview by Uduak Akpan.
The victim, a fresh Philosophy graduate of the University of Uyo was raped, killed and buried in shallow grave by Akpan.
NAN reports that the Mirabel Centre is Nigeria’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) with a mandate to provide holistic medical and psychosocial support to survivors of rape and sexual violence It is located inside the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja.
Asides free forensic medical examination and providing psychosocial support to survivors, the Mirabel Centre helps survivors get access to other support services they need.
The Centre works closely with the police and provides medical reports which the police use for further investigation and prosecution of rape cases.