Rico Swavey: NMA partners Lagos State for investigation into unethical filming


The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has partnered Lagos State government and relevant agencies to investigate the unethical filming of late ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Patrick Fakoya, at Doren Specialist Hospital.

This is contained in a statement signed by Benjamin Olowojebutu and Ismail Ajibowo, the chairman and secretary of NMA Lagos Zone, on Monday in Lagos.

They said the association was aware of media reports about the incident surrounding the death of Swavey and the alleged involvement of Doren Specialist Hospital, Ajah.

“We want to appeal to the general public that we allow all statutory bodies that have the power to investigate the matter to conclude their findings and give a detailed report.

“Passing a guilty verdict on healthcare workers before the investigation is concluded will not do any good to anybody,” they said.

They commiserated with the deceased’s family and loved ones and prayed for the fortitude to bear the huge loss.

The former Big Brother Naija housemate was involved in a car accident on October 11 and was rushed to the hospital in the Ajah area of Lagos.

A yet-to-be-identified person recorded and posted on social media a 30-seconds video of Swavey on oxygen while health workers struggled to lift him.

The short clip sparked outrage, condemnation and allegations against the healthcare workers and Doren Hospital.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the hospital’s management distanced its staff’s involvement in recording Swavey’s video.

Also, Gbenga Omotoso, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said the state had commenced an investigation into the incident.

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) also showed interest in the incident.

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