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US lab denies conducting toxicology test on Mohbad

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The National Medical Services Laboratories (NMS) in Pennsylvania has denied the claim by the Lagos state government on a toxicology test conducted to determine the cause of Mohbad‘s death.

The rebuttal is coming following inquiries by Punch Newspaper, which launched a fact-finding mission to ascertain the cause of the musician’s death.

Recall that some concerned stakeholders had protested against the statement made by a pathologist during a Coroner’s Court session on May 15, stating that an autopsy could not ascertain the cause of Mohbad’s death due to the decomposition of his corpse.

The Lagos State government, represented by counsel O. Akinde, had informed the Coroner’s Court that a toxicology test had been conducted in the USA.

While supporting this claim, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, mentioned on a live program that the toxicology test was carried out at NMS Labs in Pennsylvania.

However, during the fact-finding mission by PUNCH to verify the existence of NMS Labs’ locations in Pennsylvania and Texas, an inquiry was sent to NMS Labs to confirm whether a toxicology test related to Mohbad’s death had been conducted at their facility.

In response, Esther Dede, Client Services Associate of the Forensics Division at NMS Labs, dismissed the claim, stating, “Unfortunately, we do not have a case for that patient.”

However, when approached for further comments, Commissioner Omotoso stated that he had provided information based on what he was told by officials from the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, suggesting that they may have taken the sample to one of their affiliated labs.

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