The family of Late Mrs. Shola Gaska (nee Adefolalu), the deceased wife of a polish man, Mr. Jakub Gaska whose death on December 28, 2016, in Poland, is surrounded by controversy has in both a petition and press statement suggested that her widower may have been responsible for her death.
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The bereaved family on Wednesday at a press conference in Lagos where the deceased’s elder sister, Mrs. Abimbola Essien-Nelson, and her cousin, Barrister Bunmi Jasmine Omeke, took newsmen through the issue, said they found it difficult to believe that Late Shola died a natural death.
The family alleged that the death of 36-year-old, who went to Poland to study Architecture in 2000, and got married to Mr. Gaska in 2010, was sudden, adding that the manner her remains was cremated also raised suspicion.
“The last verbal conversation I had with the deceased took place on December 24, 2016, and she made no complaint about her health. At about 11.28am, on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, I received a telephone call from the husband that ‘there had been an accident, Shola had fallen unconscious and had died.
“The husband did not tell me the nature of the so called accident. I was still conversing with the husband when the telephone was disconnected.
“The husband later called me back on the same day, stating that Oluwashola fell ill on Tuesday, and that he and his sister took her to the a hospital (the name of the hospital was not provided). He said she passed away at about 3am on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
“We also made it clear to him that because of the sudden nature of her death, we want to see her corpse. We sent several sets of representatives from the Nigerian community to him in this regard, but he refused to allow anyone access to the corpse. His response was that Oluwashola said only Ambibola and no other person, should see her corpse,” Mrs. Abimbola Essien-Nelson said in the petition to The Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives, President, Republic of Poland among others.
The family continued in a statement, “In spite of these several pleas, he went ahead to cremate his dead wife on January 2, 2017. Not only that, he held a burial service to bury the ashes on January 7, 2017 without officially informing any member of her Nigerian family.
“We understand Jakub has the final say over the funeral rites for late Sholly and as shocking as the cremation request was, we were willing to honour her ‘supposed’ wishes. What we could not understand was why her husband has deprived our family of the opportunity of paying our last respects to our daughter, sister, niece, cousin and aunt. We want to know why Jakub was in such a hurry to cremate our sister. We want to know how he came about Sholly’s death wish since he was not with her at the time of passing. We want to know if death certificate is enough evidence of the cause of Sholly’s death. Where is the autopsy report? We want to know exactly what caused Sholly’s death.’