Govt or­dered sus­pen­sion of un­der­grad­u­ate’s burial – Fam­ily

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The fam­ily of the late Favour Da­ley-oladele said that an or­der from the La­gos State Min­istry of health stopped it from bury­ing her re­mains at the Atan Ceme­tery in the Yaba Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state on Tues­day.

Speak­ing at the ceme­tery, Favour’s un­cle, Solomon Toyeme, said the fam­ily mem­bers had mo­bilised to the min­istry to re­trieve her corpse for burial, but were in­structed to sus­pend the ar­range­ment for the sake of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Toyeme said, “We were told that some pro­ce­dures needed to be met and that we needed to stop the burial so that we won’t lose the case. The fam­ily had made an ar­range­ment and we were at the La­gos State Min­istry of health to re­trieve Favour’s corpse for burial when we got a call that we should not go ahead with the burial today (Tues­day).

“We were told that some pro­ce­dures needed to be ob­served and that we needed to stop the burial so that we wouldn’t lose the case. I plead with ev­ery­body to hold on un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted.”

When con­tacted, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the min­istry, Oluse­gun Og­boye, who spoke through the

Di­rec­tor, Pub­lic Af­fairs, Tun­bo­sun Ogun­banwo, said, “Presently, there is a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion go­ing on and the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is also on­go­ing. The mo­ment we get the re­port, the fam­ily will be able to go ahead with the burial. So, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing.”

Re­act­ing to the devel­op­ment, the Speaker, LASU Stu­dents’ Union Gov­ern­ment, Olayinka Kuku, who led some un­der­grad­u­ates of the in­sti­tu­tion to pay their last re­spect to the de­ceased, said he be­lieved that the post­pone­ment of the burial was for jus­tice to pre­vail.

“Get­ting here and find­ing out that Favour would not be buried was not some­thing we feel happy about, but we

are very con­fi­dent that the rea­son for it is im­por­tant and has to do with get­ting jus­tice for our late school mate. We are not de­mor­alised and we are mo­ti­vated that jus­tice will pre­vail,” Kuku stated.

PUNCH Metro had re­ported that Favour, the daugh­ter of a pas­tor, David Da­ley-oladele, was al­legedly mur­dered by her lover, Owolabi Adeeko; his mother, Mrs Bola Adeeko; and the pas­tor of a white garment church, Se­gun Philips, in the Ikoyi-ile area of Osun State, for money rit­u­als.

When ef­forts to lo­cate her where­abouts proved abortive, a case of a miss­ing per­son was re­ported to the Ogun State Po­lice Com­mand by Favour’s par­ents.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a tracker traced the de­ceased’s phone to Ikoyi-ile in Osun

State, where the sus­pects were ar­rested.

Owolabi and Philips had con­fessed dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion that af­ter she was killed, they dis­mem­bered her corpse and used some vi­tal parts of her body for money rit­u­als.

• Sym­pa­this­ers at the ceme­tery. Photo: Sa­heed Olug­bon

• Favour

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