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Mortuary Attendants ‘Remove Dead Woman’s Heart, Chop Off Wrists’


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Three mortuary attendants, Michael Olusegun, Oluseyi Olamide and Adetunji Aliyu have been accused by the Police of removing a dead woman’s heart and chopping off her wrists at a hospital in Ikorodu, Lagos.

The three accused person were brought before Yaba Chief Magistrates’ court in Lagos on a two-count charge of conspiracy and misconduct with regards to a corpse.

The crime, according to the Prosecuting Superintendent of Police (ASP) Roman Unuigbe, was committed by the accused persons on November 16, at 1St. Raphael Divine Mercy Hospital in Ijede, Ikorodu area of Lagos.

Unuigbe said that one Mr. Anthony Lawani lodged a complaint to the police that the body of his sister, 51-year-old Mary Ehinlaiye, which was deposited at the morgue, was missing.

Unuigbe said: “The complainant went to the mortuary to collect his sister’s body for burial but the attendants could not present the body to him.

“It was later discovered that they had exchanged the body for another one and the family of the other deceased had buried his sister as their own.

“They secretly went to the mortuary and exchanged the corpses and tried to return her to her brother without two wrists and a heart.

“Fortunately, Lawani discovered the missing parts and drew the attention of the police to the situation.”

The crime according to the prosecution contravened sections 165 (b) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (Revised).

The three accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The defendants were granted bail by the Chief Magistrate Peter Ojo in the sum ofN500, 000 with two sureties in the like sum.

The case continues on January 30.

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