The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested seven persons working as mortuary and cemetery attendants over a missing corpse in their custody in Ikorodu community, Lagos Mainland.
Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, said that the Command received a complaint from one Anthony Lawani, younger brother to one Mary Ehinlaiye, now deceased, aged 51 years, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
The complainant said that the body parts of the deceased were sliced off by yet-to-be-identified persons.
According to him; “Based on the complaint, I directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCIID, Panti, Yaba to investigate the matter. Preliminary investigation revealed that the corpse of the deceased was deposited at St. Raphael’s Devine Mercy Specialist Hospital Mortuary along Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos for preservation.
“However, one Olusesi Owamade, aged 41 years, a mortuary attendant, with the approval of his supervisor, Michael Olusegun, aged 65 years, erroneously released the corpse to another family. When the relations of the deceased woman came for the release of the corpse for burial, it was nowhere to be found.”
He continued saying; “At this juncture, it dawned on the mortuary attendants that they had released the corpse to the wrong persons.
“To recover the corpse, five gravediggers working at Sabo Cemetery, Ikorodu were contracted by the mortuary attendants to exhume the corpse for onward handover to its owners.”
The Police chief added that the suspects conspired among themselves and dismembered the body of the deceased by cutting off the two wrists and heart for a yet-to-be-determined reason.
“Investigation into this case is in progress, while efforts are on to arrest one of the gravediggers named Anifowoshe, who is currently at large. The case will be charged to court and case file forwarded to the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice,” he said.