The Lagos State Police Command has arrested seven individuals working as mortuary and cemetery attendants on the St. Raphael’s Devine Mercy Specialist Hospital Mortuary in Ikorodu, Lagos state over a lacking corpse.
Parading the suspects earlier than newsmen on Friday November 23rd, the state commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, mentioned one Athony Lawani, lodged a complain to the police that the body of his sister, 51 yr previous Mary Ehinlaiye which was deposited on the morgue was nowhere to be discovered. He had gone to the mortuary to gather his sister’s body for burial however the attendant’s couldn’t current the body to him.
It was later found that the mortuary attendants had erroneously handed over the body to a different household.
“Nevertheless, one Olusesi Owamade, aged 41 years, a mortuary attendant, with the approval of his supervisor, Michael Olusegun, aged 65 years, erroneously launched the corpse to a different household. When the relations of the deceased girl got here for the discharge of the corpse for burial, it was nowhere to be discovered. At this juncture, it dawned on the mortuary attendants that they’d launched the corpse to the incorrect individuals. To get well the corpse, 5 grave diggers working at Sabo Cemetery, Ikorodu have been contracted by the mortuary attendants to exhume the corpse for onward handover to its house owners,” he mentioned.
Edgal mentioned the suspects, Michael Olusegun and Olusesi Owamade who’re mortuary attendants and the 5 gravediggers recognized as Razaki Abesopiti, Okeowo Kazeem, Babatunde Giwa, Ade Aliu and Musiliu Yakubu, conspired amongst themselves and dismembered the body of the deceased by chopping off the 2 wrists and coronary heart for a yet-to-be decided purpose.
“Investigation into this case is in progress, whereas efforts are on to arrest one of the grave diggers named Anifowoshe, who’s at present at giant. The case will probably be charged to courtroom and case file forwarded to the Workplace of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for authorized recommendation,” he mentioned.