There was pandemonium at the Muslim Hospital, Ede, Osun State, on Friday, the 27th of June 2020, when a suspected COVID-19 patient, Mutiu Olawuyi, who is said to be working with the Osun State Ministry of Health died in the hospital.

His younger brother, Ayo Olawuyi, reportedly disagreed with the hospital management on the need to conduct autopsy on the corpse to ascertain his COVID-19 status.

According to Dailypost, “a source at the hospital revealed that the deceased died shortly after he was admitted into the hospital, in which the Director of the Hospital, Dr Moshood Akanbi, insisted on conducting autopsy on the corpse”. According to Akanbi; “Mr Mutiu Olawuyi was rushed to the emergency unit of our hospital by his brother, Ayo, around 9:19 pm on Friday. Medical personnel on duty swiftly attended to the patient because he was in a critical condition. He was put on oxygen as a means of stabilization.

However, despite several efforts of the doctors and other health practitioners, the patient succumbed to death within ten minutes of his admission. The deceased brother, then started terrorizing and assaulting the staff as well as other patients on admission. He destroyed some hospital equipment and the Camry car of his late brother”.

Reacting to this incident while describing the happening as bohemian and barbaric, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Director of The Muslim Rights Concerned (MURIC) said in a press statement which was released on the 3rd of July 2020:

“…The only saving grace was the state’s Commissioner of Police, Olafimihan Adeoye. He ordered the arrest of the culprit the next day and transferred the D.P.O with immediate effect. We commend the state Commissioner of Police for righting the wrong without wasting any time.

However, the culprit was allowed to go on bail with two sureties the next day because he was strongly suspected to have contracted COVID-19. He was tested and allowed to leave with the instruction that he must return when the result of his test is ready.

While we appreciate the efforts of the Commissioner of Police, we call for strict pursuance of due process in the case”.


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