Pandemonium enveloped the premises of the Ade Maternity Home, Sagamu, Ogun State on Saturday as scores of grieving students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University forcefully removed the corpses of their colleagues who were killed in a crash the previous day from the hospital’s morgue.
Our correspondent gathered that the management of the hospital had wanted to collect N20,000 per corpse before the corpses could be released to their families.
This was said to have angered the students who stormed the private hospital’s morgue and evacuated their dead colleagues forcefully without paying a dime, and moved them to the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.
The police had a hectic time trying to keep the students under control.
Head of the teaching hospital’s Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology Department, Dr Deji Agboola, said the corpses were traced to Ade Maternity Home their colleagues had combed private morgues in Sagamu.
He confirmed that the angry students did not yield to the demand for payment by the hospital before the corpses of their colleagues were released to them.
A source at the hospital also confirmed that the corpses had been taken away.
The Ogun State police command on Saturday said eight students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, were among the 12 victims of the accident which occurred on Friday at Ilishan Junction, along Sagamu/Benin Expressway.
In the accident, a DAF truck with number plate BDG 779 XE laden with container had a head-on collision with a Mazda commercial bus with number plate XV 311 MUS, killing 12 occupants in the bus instantly.
The victims were five females and seven males.
The state police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, told our correspondent on the telephone on Saturday that eight students of OOU were among the victims.
Giving further details, he said three of them were pre-degree students, while the only survivor is a 300-level Chemistry student of the institution.