There was brouhaha at the premises of the Ade Maternity Home, Sagamu, on Saturday as scores of grieving students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University(OOU) forcefully removed the corpses of their collegues from the hospital’s morgue.
liveschoolnews.org grapevine gathered that the angry students threatened to make the hospital uncomfortable should it insist on collecting N20,000 per corpse before the dead students would be released to their families.
The enraged students stormed the private hospital’s morgue and evacuated their dead colleagues forcefully without paying and moved them to the morbid anatomy unit of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital(OOUTH) Sagamu.
The Police had a hectic time trying to keep the students under control.
Head of the teaching hospital’s Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology Department, Dr Deji Agboola, told The Nation that after combing private morgues in Sagamu, the remains of the affected students were located at Ade Maternity Home by noon.
He said the angry students refused to yield to the demand for payment by the hospital before the corpses of their colleagues could be released.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine contacted Ade Maternity Home and a man in charge of its morgue who identified himself as Bayo Fasanya said that the corpses were that of the students of OOU and have all been taken away.
He noted that calm had return at the hospital but rued that nobody had yet paid him.
He told the reporter that the Sagamu Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force had said he should let him see the morgue’s service bill when it is ready.
Earlier on Saturday, Agboola, an associate professor and who also doubles as the Chairman of the OOU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), said grieving relatives had initially besieged the OOUTH, thinking the victims were kept there.
Agboola added that he, the Head of the Students Affairs and Chief Security Officer of the institution decided to comb private morgues in Sagamu in search of the remains of the student – victims of the accident until they were found at Ade Maternity morgue.
Over a dozen students of OOU were crushed to death and others gravely injured on Friday at Sagamu corridor of Lagoss – Ore expressway when an unlatched 20-feet container from a moving truck came off and fell on the roof of a psssenger bus conveying them.
The weighty container press – pinned the bus to the ground killing the passengers in the accident which involved a truck marked (LAGOS) BDG 779 XE and a Toyota Haiace passenger bus bearing (Lagos) XV 311 MUS.
It was learnt that the OOU students were travelling to Lagos state for the weekend when they met their untimely death.
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