The Badagry General Hospital has said the newborn twins whose corpses were found in a canal in the Ajangbadi area of Lagos State, are not deposited in its mortuary.
A top official of the hospital, who did not want his name in print due to civil service rule, told PUNCH Metro that a search of the hospital’s mortuary revealed that there was no record of the dead babies.
Our correspondent had reported on Tuesday that a set of twin boys were abandoned on Friday at the canal and residents trooped to the scene to take snapshots of them.
Policemen from the Ilemba Hausa division were said to have been alerted to the scene. They later removed the bodies after alerting the officials of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit and those of the local government council.
The police said the bodies were deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue pending when an autopsy would be performed to ascertain what killed them.
But the hospital said it did not have any such record.
The official said, “I have personally gone to the mortuary to check and there was nothing like that. It is possible they were taken to the Mainland Hospital mortuary, but not Badagry.”
A police source at the Ilemba Hausa division said the matter was already with the state health agencies.
“We handed over the case to SEHMU after we recovered the corpses, so they should know where the bodies are,” he said.
The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Salako Adeola, could not be reached for comment as of press time.
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