Monday, April 15, 2024
Monday, April 15, 2024

The family has stated their intention to conduct a separate autopsy on Mohbad.

As per the lawyer, Mohbad’s family expresses concern over the delay in the Lagos government’s testing and the autopsy procedure employed.

The family of the late Nigerian musician, Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad, has announced plans for a separate autopsy. 

Mohbad, aged 27, passed away on September 12, 2023, and was laid to rest the following day in Ikorodu, Lagos. 

In response to public outcry, the Lagos state government initiated a coroner’s inquest to determine the cause of death. 

Richard Somiari, director of the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, testified during the coroner’s inquest on Wednesday, indicating that the autopsy results for Mohbad would be available in less than one month.

As per PUNCH, Monisola Odumosu, the family’s attorney, announced that the family intends to file a petition with the state high court for an independent autopsy and toxicology examination. 

The lawyer expressed the family’s concern about the duration and procedure of the Lagos government’s autopsy, claiming that it is taking too long and questioning the process followed. 

Odumosu also asserted that there was no medical professional present to represent the family during the autopsy procedure.

“We filed an application at the Coroner’s Court on Wednesday to conduct our own autopsy and toxicology test, but the Magistrate said he did not have the power to approve that and told us to approach the High Court,” he said.

“We are already preparing our documents to go to the High Court so that we can ask for permission to organise our own autopsy and toxicology test. We have been planning this before now because we feel the government is too slow.

“They disclosed on a radio programme about three weeks ago that they were just about to send it to the US and that may take about 10 to 12 months, which is too long considering the fact that they had taken a sample from the body almost five months earlier. So why do we have to wait for so long?

“Secondly, when the autopsy was being conducted, representatives of the family should have been someone who is well-informed on the issue of the autopsy; an expert who would confirm if it was properly done. But they just called anyone.

“We are also planning to do it in the United States. Another reason why we took the decision was because, for instance, if someone is poisoned, at a point in time, it will evaporate, and no test can discover it. So, we don’t want to wait until that has happened before we think of doing our test and discover that nothing was found.”

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