Family demands N200m damages from UCH for allegedly sharing Sugar’s photos

Family demands N200m damages from UCH for allegedly sharing Sugar’s photos

- The family of the late lawmaker, Temitope Olatoye, has petitioned UCH, Ibadan, for the alleged sharing of the deceased’s ‘horrific’ photographs on social media without its approval

- The petition was also sent to the minister of health and the Ibadan chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association

- The family said they were surprised to see such photographs circulating on online newspapers and social media after the doctors declared that taking photographs of patients was prohibited

The family of the late Temitope Olatoye Sugar has written a petition against the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, seeking N200 million damages for the sharing of the deceased’s ‘horrific’ photographs on social media without approval.

In the petition by C. C. Amedu of Ikeh Sunday Chambers, Ibadan, the Olatoye family accused the hospital of allowing the gory photographs of the late lawmaker in his dying hours at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital to be circulated on social media, thereby causing members of his family a lot of grief.

The Nation reports that the petition was also sent to the minister of health and the Ibadan chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

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It was learnt that the family acknowledged that doctors and other workers attending to the late Sugar declared that taking photographs of patients was prohibited, they were surprised to see such photographs circulating on online newspapers and social media hours later.

The petition read: “A cursory assessment of the attached photographs revealed that the deceased, as at the time the photographs were taken, was still at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital in a pool of blood. Therefore, it is reasonable and unarguable to believe that only your staff could access the unit at the material time.

“The above conduct of your staff suggested that instead of your personnel on duty to have acted in their full professional capacity, focusing on taking care of the deceased, which might have probably saved his life, they were busy taking his pictures, which perhaps for the purpose of selling same to social media operators as it can be seen trending online.

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"They posited that the trending online photographs have been serving as a painful reminder to Sugar’s gruesome murder, adding that they also subjected members of the family to “a lasting unimaginable depression, mental and psychological torture.”

Legit.ng previously reported that a senatorial candidate, Temitope Olatoye, popularly known as Sugar was killed during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Olatoye died at the intensive care unit of the UCH, Ibadan, on Saturday, March 9, evening, following a gunshot wound he sustained after he was shot in the eye by unknown gunmen in Ibadan.

Olatoye who contested for the seat of Oyo central senatorial seat under the Action Democratic Party was said to have been shot in the head during the election.

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