By Modupe Shodehinde
Lagos State Government has asked all persons who lost their loved ones between October 19and 27 to come forward with evidence for an identification excercise.
Concerned next-of-kins of victims were asked to contact the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for the identification exercise which will span for two weeks.
The public notice contained in a national newspaper on Wednesday, signed by the Chief Coroner of Lagos state, Honourable Justice M.A. Dada.
She asked those coming forward to present means of identification of themselves and their loved ones such as International passport, driver’s license, National Identity card or LASSRA identity card.
The public notice titled, “Coroner’s call for Identification of Missing Persons”, reads in parts, “This is to notify the general public that the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Honourable 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 October 19 – 27, 2020 (that is, next-of-kin of the victims) to provide relevant information that would assist the identification exercise.”
“The next-of-kin will be required to provide means of identification of themselves and their loved ones. Only the parents, siblings or children, in that decreasing order of preference are expected to come to the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
“The 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.”
Next-of-kins were also mandated to come along with clear photographs of the missing person, their own upper body photographs, while samples for reference DNA profile may also be demanded.