The Vice-Principal of Ijaye Ojokoro Junior Secondary School II, Adeyinka Afolabi, who was on admission at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, for an illness, has gone missing. That 58-year-old Adeyinka, a Level 16 Grade Officer cadre at the Lagos State Government Education District 1, Agege, was admitted to LUTH on August 14, 2013, to treat an injury on his head.
Adeyinka had been rushed by his eldest son, Peter Afolabi, to a private hospital in the Agbado, Oke Aro area of Ogun State, where the family lived, before the hospital referred them to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
LASUTH was said to have thereafter referred him to LUTH, where a brain surgery was expected to be carried out as a result of the head injury. Peter told Punch Metro, that his father went missing at the hospital.
He said, “My mother died in 2010, and we advised dad to remarry as he was always thinking and felt lonely. On that day (August 10, 2013), he went out to see a friend in the neighbourhood and when he came back in the evening, he was bleeding in the head.
“He said he slipped and injured his skull along the road. I did not think it was something serious but in the morning, it became worse and he was admitted to a private hospital.
“His condition was not improving as he sometimes spoke irrationally. That was how he was referred to LASUTH, Ikeja. The management at LASUTH said he might need a brain surgery and referred us to LUTH on August 14, 2013.
“He was at Ward E6 in LUTH from August 14. He was already recuperating. I came around 9am on August 16 to give him his clothes, but the security said it was not the visiting hour. I still saw him on the sickbed.
“Around 5.30pm when it was time for visitation, I came back to see him and that was when I could not find him on the sickbed. Immediately, I called the attention of the nurses to the development. I called the helplines posted on the wall to raise the alarm. One of the nurses and I searched the premises together from 6pm to 10pm without any result.”
The family wrote a letter to the LUTH Chief Medical Director, dated August 29, 2013, notifying the authorities to investigate how Adeyinka disappeared from the ward. He added that all efforts by the family members since 2013 to get LUTH’s management to explain the whereabouts of his father had proved abortive.
He said, “My younger sister and I went to meet with the LUTH CMD on August 18. He said he was not aware of the incident. We wrote a letter to the Lagos State Ministry of Education and the ministry directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.”
It was learnt that the family wrote a petition to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCIID, dated September 26, 2013, to investigate the incident; but nothing came out of it.
A petition written to the Office of the Governor of Lagos State, was dated November 30, 2015. Another letter was reportedly sent to the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, and the Director, Office of the Public Defender, Surulere, Lagos State.
LUTH Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Otuneme, said such occurrence was rare in the hospital and directed the family members to come for an interaction.
“We will ensure that the appropriate thing is done. Please, tell the family members to come with a copy of the letter,” he added.