The family of the late Bamise, who died after boarding a BRT bus in Lagos, has stated the mortuary is demanding N500,000 from them. The deceased brother, Pelumi who spoke to newsmen on Tuesday, noted that Mainland hospital mortuary, Yaba requested the money for the period his sister was in the hospital morgue.
He said, “The head of the mortuary attendants at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, called my elder brother, Oluwatobi, to inform him that nobody had been coming to check on her corpse and nobody had paid anything after the autopsy was carried out.”
“The person said the bills were accumulating and demanded that we come. My brother asked if we were the ones they should be calling for that. My brother later went to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, to verify why they said we should be paying when we were not the one that brought her corpse to that place.”
“At Panti, we were told that after the autopsy was carried out, the responsibility was on us and that it was no longer under their care and that our family was to be paying the bill. My brother went to the mortuary to collect the bill and the amount as of two weeks ago was N499,200. But the money is over N500,000 now.”
Pelumi further added that Bamise died as a hero, and deserve a burial sponsored by the government since she was allegedly killed while on a state-owned commercial bus.
However, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said the LBSL would settle the mortuary bills and take care of the burial expenses.
Recall that Bamise went missing after boarding a BRT vehicle on Saturday, February 26.
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