According to family sources, when the entertainment lawyer was rushed to Havana hospital on Akerele extension, Surulere, Lagos in the early hours of Thursday, April 18th 2013, the hospital demanded that the sum of N500,000 has to be dropped as deposit before they can start anything on him.
We gathered reliably that, the lawyer was meant to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to diagnose the health condition that affected whether his organs, tissues or bone in order to prescribe necessary medications to stabilize hbim but we learnt the doctor insisted on the deposit of N500,000.
The family source told us further that efforts to convince the hospital to treat helpless Efere Ozako who was lying in their emergency room for one and a half hours was abortive before Opa Williams dashed out to raise the cash but unfortunately by the time Opa came back with the cash on him, the lawyer had breathed his last.
This office, in our facts finding mission took the pains to cross-check the story by getting in touch with the management of Havana hospital for their side of story, we spoke to one Tolu Omisore who declined to comment, “am just a staff here and have no capacity to talk but you can hold-on, let me connect you to a superior person”, she held us on phone for almost 10 minutes calling the attention of people she thought could talk to us but all were to no avail.
We however took a step further by sending a reporter to the hospital on Akerele extension to speak to the medical director but their attitude no doubt gave us the impression that the hospital might be hiding something after all. They did not just shielded the medical director, those who spoke to us maintained they`re not going to tell us their names, “It must have been a wrong information, because this is a reputable hospital, we don’t do that here, even if the patient does not have any money, we’ll still attend to him, though they’ll pay when it’s time to discharge them. That’s a wrong impression”, that’s what one of the faceless staff said.
Another anonymous staff at the hospital also said this,” “No, that’s wrong information, if we didn’t attend to him, how did he get to our emergency room upstairs? Because he didn’t spend up to five minutes at our reception before taking him up to our emergency room”.
After leaving the hospital we got in touch with Opa Williams whom we gathered was with Efere`s wife when he was being taken to the hospital, according to Opa, “it is true the hospital demanded that we must deposit N500,000 cash before treating him, please quote me, I and Chief Adelaide were there, the name of the doctor is Dr. Ikem or so, and when it dawned on us that they were not going to treat him as they said, I had to quickly go and look for the money but unfortunately he died.”