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Lagos Coroner Calls On Families To Identify Missing Persons At Mortuary

Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Mojisola Dada, has called for the identification of persons who went missing between 19th and 27th of October, 2020.

The call comes 31 days after soldiers allegedly shot at #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate.

Some persons were reported dead or missing in the aftermath of the protests.

In an advertorial on Thursday, Dada said the notification was in line with section 15 of the Coroner’s System Law of Lagos, 2015.

She asked family members whose loved ones got missing during that period to contact the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

The hours of visit are between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the next two weeks.

The advertorial said the pathology team of the hospital demands adequate information from the next-of-kin of those who lost loved ones to help in the identification process.

“This is to notify the General Public that the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Hon Justice M.A Dada (Mrs) pursuant to section 15, Coroner’s System Law of Lagos State, 2015 the Pathology Team would want all those who have lost loved ones between 19th-27th October, 2020 (that is, next-of-kin of the victims) to provide relevant information that would assist the identification exercise,” it read.

“The next-of-kin should contact the department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University (LASUTH), Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja for the identification exercise of the Deceased.

“The next-of-kin will be required to provide means of identification of themselves and their loved ones.

“Nationally recognised means of identification such as International passport, Driver’s license, National ID card, or LASSRA ID Card shall be accepted. Only the parents, siblings or children, in that decreasing order of preference are expected to come to LASUTH.

“The hours of visit will be from 10:00 to 2:00pm for the next two (2) weeks starting from the date of this announcement.

“Please note that these next-of-kin shall be required to come with the following: 1. clear photographs of the missing person; 2. their own upper body photographs; and also provide samples for Reference DNA Profile, where necessary.

“This profile will be compared with those already collected at autopsy from the deceased. It is only after a definitive scientific identification that the Bodies of the deceased shall be released by the Office of the Chief Coroner to the next-of-kin for burial.”

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