Group demands Lagos governor’s intervention in case of 13-year-old victim
6 mins read

Group demands Lagos governor’s intervention in case of 13-year-old victim

This Concerns about Muslim rights (MURIC) has appealed to the Lagos State authorities to take responsibility for the 13-year-old victim of the collapsed Mushin mosque.

The victim, Naeemat Lasisi, is already in hospital Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

The group accused hospital management of trying to discharge the patient “prematurely” and also said a group member who visited the patient and tried to question her was harassed.

Due to the complexity of her injuries, Mrs. Lasisi underwent two amputations at the hospital.

In a statement signed by its executive director, Ishaq Akintola, the group appealed to the government to intervene in the matter by taking over the patient’s medical care and funding her higher education.

The hospital, however, denied the allegations, saying that the patient’s treatment did not involve any costs for her parents and that there were no plans to discharge her from hospital “prematurely”.

Alleged harassment

MURIC said in a statement that its member who tried to question the 13-year-old was “harassed” and that attempts to approach the Lagos State government to intervene in the matter had not yielded any positive results.



Article page with financial support promotion

Nigerians need trustworthy journalism. Help us report it.

PREMIUM TIMES delivers fact-based journalism for Nigerians, by Nigerians – and our community of supporters, readers who donate, make our work possible. Help us continue to deliver in-depth, rigorously researched news and information to you and millions of others.

Please note that there are costs associated with producing news materials, but we pride ourselves on never making our materials available for payment.

Will you support our newsroom with a modest donation to help us fulfill our commitment to free and accessible news?



“An attempt to interview the victim and her parents on Friday, July 5, 2024, led to the harassment of Mr. Abdul Fatah Abiodun Lawal, Press Assistant to the Executive Director of MURIC, within the hospital premises,” the statement read.

“His phone and ID card were confiscated while he was detained by hospital authorities for more than two hours.

“The parents sided with the MURIC official and insisted that he be released because they were the ones who actually invited him to report on the interview.”

MURIC claims that hospital authorities deleted a video fragment of an interview recorded by Mr Lawal before releasing his phone and ID card.

The group also accused nurses on the ward of ordering the patient’s mother to take her daughter from the hospital because she had already been “discharged.”

He added that parents were intimidated because they “refused to support the manipulation in the form of a so-called press interview.”

“We condemn the hospital authorities’ attempt to organize a manipulated interview during which the minor patient was expected to answer questions only ‘in accordance with prior instructions,'” the statement reads.

“The hospital authorities do not know that in addition to the video clip they forcibly deleted from the MURIC official’s phone, we have another audio clip that confirms the attempted manipulation.

MURIC has therefore appealed to the government to intervene and provide the victim with adequate medical care, “including assurances of government support up to university level.”

“In conclusion and considering the biased position of the LASUTH authorities, we appeal to the Lagos State Governor, the Commissioner for Health and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health to intervene on behalf of the poor girl,” the statement continued.

Group demands Lagos governor’s intervention in case of 13-year-old victim
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

LASUTH reacts

The management of LASUTH Hospital in a statement sent via its X account said that “allegations that we ‘threatened’ to discharge the patient prematurely are baseless.”

The hospital noted that the treatment of the young patient did not involve any costs for the parents.

In response to allegations of harassment by a MURIC member, the hospital said: “We do not allow video recordings on our wards. This is a purely ethical and private matter.
There are signs everywhere clearly informing about this site.

The board further stated that it was “very disappointed that all the goodwill, compassion and responsiveness of the Honourable Governor, Honourable Commissioner of Health and the Board of LASUTH are being repaid in this manner.”

READ ALSO: Sanwo-Olu opens pediatric sickle cell treatment centre at LASUTH

Contacted Gboyega Akosile, spokesman for Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State governor, the spokesman did not respond.

History

In May, a mosque located on Yusuf Street, Off Ladipo Road, Papa Ajao, collapsed during prayers, killing three people and injuring seven.

Speaking at the scene, the Honorary Secretary of the Nigerian Institute of Building and Construction (NIOB), Lagos branch, Gbaja-Biamila Mubarak, said the building collapse was caused by “human error and poor approach” to the construction of roads and drainage systems in the area.

He expressed concern over the need to use mechanised means for construction, saying that if the drainage had been done manually, the mosque would not have been at risk.



Support PREMIUM TIMES journalism, which is characterized by reliability and credibility

At Premium Times, we strongly believe in the importance of quality journalism. Recognizing that not everyone can afford expensive news subscriptions, we are dedicated to providing rigorously researched, fact-checked news that remains freely available to all.

Whether you use Premium Times for daily breaking news, in-depth analysis of pressing national issues or interesting, trending articles, we value your readership.

Please note that there are costs associated with producing news materials, but we pride ourselves on never making our materials available for payment.

Would you consider supporting us with a modest monthly contribution to help us fulfill our commitment to free and unpaid news?

Make your contribution




TEXT ADVERTISING: Call Willie – +2348098788999






PT Mag campaign ad