Brigadier General AI Taiwo on Friday disclosed that the Military Hospital morgue has been under renovation since October 2019.
This is coming a few hours after members of Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the Lekki Shooting visited the morgue.
The military officers who had earlier denied the panel members access to the facility allowed them in after 30 minutes.
The brigadier general and other soldiers took members of the panel led by the chairman, Retired Justice Doris Okwuobi, to the morgue in the hospital.
Taiwo when asked if there was a functional morgue in the hospital, Taiwo said, “This place has been under renovation since October last year.”
The chairman of the panel, however, thanked Taiwo and his men for their cooperation.
Recall that a member of the panel identified as Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, said the mission of the panel was to inspect the mortuary of the hospital.
He said the panel got a tip-off that prompted the unscheduled visit.
Adegboruwa while speaking with newsmen said, “We got information impromptu, we could not give them notice because of the importance of what we want to do; it is an investigation. So, if we give information ahead of time that may jeopardise the essence of the investigation.”
“We are exercising our mandate on behalf of the governor of Lagos State under the tribunals of inquiry law.”
“We have already inspected the Lekki toll gate today and we decided to pay an unscheduled visit to the mortuary of the Military Hospital because we have confidential information concerning certain events that took place in the hospital here.”
“We don’t want to make any conclusions yet until we have access to that mortuary to inspect it.”
“We have a pathologist with us who is here to help us conduct medical examination of bodies that we may find in the mortuary.”