Mortuary attendant detained for selling woman’s corpse to ritualists
By Nosa Akenzua
Police detectives attached to Oghara police division, arrested a mortuary attendant in a morgue in one of the hospitals in the town over alleged disappearance of a 58-year-old woman’s corpse.
The deceased, identified as Patience Amughghoro, reportedly died last year after a brief illness and her corpse was kept in the mortuary in Oghara town where suspected ritualists whisked her away after allegedly settling the mortuary attendant.
Sources said that the family of the deceased had planned to bury her on February 20, 2021 but was shocked when, on Saturday morning, they arrived the mortuary to find the body missing and without reasons adduced by the mortuary attendant.
The divisional police officer (DPO) of Oghara police, CSP Hassan Isah, who confirmed the arrest of the mortuary attendant, said that, upon interrogation, the attendant confessed to the crime and admitted selling the corpse to the ritualists for money making business. “We are charging the suspect to court on completion of investigation,” he said.
Meanwhile, a family member of the deceased who spoke to our correspondent, disclosed that the attendant had, earlier, presented a body to the family but on close observation, they found out that the body was not that of Mrs Amughghoro.
The source who simply identified herself as Mrs Okiemute, disclosed that, in the process, the attendant began to panic. “We were shocked that there was a mix up and we immediately informed the police at Oghara Police Division and he was arrested. We are not happy at all and we will not allow the attendant go scot free until the corpse of our sister is produced.”
Attempts to get comments from the management of the board of the private hospital was unsuccessful as the chief medical director (CMD) of the hospital refused to comment but managed to say “The matter is already with the police”
Investigation revealed that there had been reported cases of missing corpses in the hospital over time, a situation that was attributed to corpses on sale to ritualists.
At present, there is tension in Oghara town as family members of the missing corpse are threatening hell if the hospital was unable to produce the body of their dead sister for burial.
Last January in same Oghara town, a 74-year-old man’s corpse was stolen from one of the private hospital mortuaries and it took the intervention of the youths in the area to have the body produced four days later, although with vital parts of the body, including his genitals, allegedly removed.