Lagos Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi has been accused of lying that a Dubai returned died of coronavirus.
Lagos Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi
Nigerians who returned from Dubai some days ago have staged a protest against the commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, for allegedly lying about the actual cause of death of one of the evacuees.
According to them, the commissioner claimed that the deceased died of COVID-19, when in actual fact, he died of neglect.
One of the returnees told Punch that the deceased recently had surgery in Dubai, but lost his life when the government refused to take him to the hospital to continue recuperating.
The returnee said:
“The Lagos Health Commissioner came to visit us and we challenged him for saying that one of us died yesterday. What happened was that one of us had surgery in Dubai and he returned in a wheelchair.
“Instead of taking him to a hospital because he was in critical condition, they decided to keep him in the isolation centre with us for two days and his condition got worse. He was then taken to a hospital where he eventually died. But the commissioner told the public that it was COVID-19 that killed him.
“When we challenged the commissioner, he said he was misquoted by the media. We brought out our phones and told him to say it while we record, but he refused.
“When we challenged the commissioner, he said he was misquoted by the media. We brought out our phones and told him to say it while we record, but he refused.”