The Lagos State Police Command has detained 7 people working as cemetery and mortuary attendants over a missing corpse.
CP Imohimi Edgal, The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, related the arrests to newsmen while displaying the suspects on Friday at the command headquarters Ikeja.
According to Newsmen reports, Edgal said on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 the Command received a complaint from one Anthony Lawani, younger brother to one Mary Ehinlaiye, 51 now deceased.
The petitioner said that the body parts of the cadaver were severed off by yet-to-be identified persons.
“Based on the complaint, I directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCIID, Panti, Yaba to investigate the matter.
Initial investigations revealed that the corpse of the deceased was deposited at the St. Raphael’s Devine Mercy Specialist Hospital Morgue along Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos for care.
“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.
“At this juncture, it dawned on the mortuary attendants that they had released the corpse to the wrong persons.
“To recover the corpse, five grave diggers working at Sabo Cemetery, Ikorodu were contracted by the mortuary attendants to exhume the corpse for onward handover to its owners,” he added.
The police commissioner further said that the accused conspired among themselves and mutilated the body of the deceased by cutting off the heart and two wrists for undetermined reason.
“Investigation into this case is in progress, while efforts are on to arrest one of the grave diggers 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.