The death last week of Prof. Onochie Udemezue, Provost of College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, Anambra State has left a few questions unanswered and the family of the deceased is beginning to suspect that they are not being told the whole truth.
The professor reportedly died of complications arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking through its spokesman, Orji Udemezue, the family frowned at the delay by the institution (NAUTH) in releasing the COVID-19 status of the late professor, suggesting that they might opt for an independent investigation.
Udemezue said: “We are saddened by the rumour making the rounds that our brother and father died of COVID-19.
“The family is well aware of COVID-19 issues and we know that millions of people have been infected and thousands died all over the world, we are aware that COVID-19 is not a taboo or death sentence.
“It is a shock to us that three days after the death of Prof. Udemezue, the result of COVID status has not been made available to the family. This is something that should not take more than 15 minutes to get done under normal circumstances.
“It may interest the members of the public to note that Prof. Udemezue, before his death, demanded his COVID-19 status, which was not made available to him. We are beginning to suspect foul play in the whole episode and we demand clarification from NAUTH.”