If you have the corpses of your loved ones in a mortuary, please note that you may need to also monitor the corpse.

The things that mortuary attendants and grave diggers do to the corpses in their care can only be imagined.

The family of late Mary Ehinlaiye, aged 51, could not believe their eyes when they saw what had become of their beloved sister in the hands of five men who were supposed to keep her safe.

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018 the Lagos Police Command received a complaint from one Anthony Lawani, younger brother to Mary that body parts of the deceased were sliced off by a yet to be identified persons.

Based on the complaint, the Commissioner of Police 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 Divine Mercy Specialist Hospital Mortuary along Ijede Road for preservation.

However, one Olusesi Owamade, ‘m’ 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 contacted by the mortuary attendants to exhume the corpse for onward handover to its owner.

That was when the heartbreaking discoveries were made as it was established that the grave diggers had 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.

CP Imohimi Edgal narrated the incident to the media on Friday at the Force Headquarters where he promised that investigation into the case would continue.

The police say they are determined to arrest one of the grave diggers by name, Anifowoshe currently at large.

“This is indecent treatment of corpse. Its criminal and there in our laws. So, we must prosecute them to serve as deterrent to others including those who are running the mortuaries.

“Its not enough to own a mortuary and employ mortuary attendants who are committing crime and you feign ignorance. We all know that ignorance is no excuse under the law,” the CP said.

Mr Imohimi also promised that the case would be charged to court as case file had been forwarded to the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

The arrested grave diggers are Razaki Abesopiti ‘m’ 50 years, Okeowo Kazeem ‘m’ 46 years, Babatunde Giwa ‘m’ 50 years, Ade Aliu ‘m’ 43 years and Musiliu Yakubu ‘m’ 56 years.

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