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INSPECTOR-General of Police IGP Mr. Sunday Ehindero yesterday in Lagos gave reasons why the police ordered fresh autopsy on late Mobitel MD, Mr. Joseph Charles Alaba saying the first autopsy conducted was replete with suspicion.
LAGOS —INSPECTOR-General of Police IGP Mr. Sunday Ehindero yesterday in Lagos gave reasons why the police ordered fresh autopsy on late Mobitel MD, Mr. Joseph Charles Alaba saying the first autopsy conducted was replete with suspicion.
The police boss who was in Lagos where he delivered a closed door lecture organized by the Central Bank of Nigeria told anxious journalists that the police high command was compelled to order a fresh autopsy because the pathologist who performed the earlier one acted against professional ethics.
He explained that the pathologist did not only goofed professionally, he equally performed the exercise without the presence of relevant persons including the Investigation Police Officer (IPO) of the case.
His words: “the reason why we ordered a fresh autopsy arose out of the fact that due process was not followed in the whole process. The Pathologist started and ended the job without the presence of those who were supposed to be there while the exercise was going on. So it was discovered that the exercise was conducted with suspicion because usually when autopsy is to be conducted the Investigating Police Officer IPO of the case will have to be present, but this was not the case.
The report of the first we got was purely the opinion of the pathologist, opinion of an expert of some sort. But the law allows another autopsy and that is what we did. We also discovered that during the last autopsy, relevant parties including the IPO were not represented. But the fresh one which all the pathologists of both parties signed is consistent with somebody who may have fallen down. When the driver and the secretary were invited they confirmed that they saw him, and the driver gave evidence on tape that the man slipped.
in Surulere, the IGP called for patient saying “everybody should be patient until the report of the Senate committee which probed the cause of the clash is released.”
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