Mortuary attendant, hospital supervisor, grave diggers in police net over stealing of corps’ parts

Lagos State Police Command Headquarters has paraded seven suspected human parts dealers working as mortuary attendants attached to St. Raphael Devine Mercy Specialist Hospital Mortuary along, Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State, for allegedly slicing the body of a corps deposited at their mortuary.

Commissioner of police, Lagos State,


on Friday, told journalists during monthly media briefing that on Tuesday, 20th November, 2018, his command received a complaint from one Anthony Lawani, younger brother to one Mary Ehinlaiye, now deceased, aged 51, years that the body parts of the deceased were sliced off by a yet to be identified persons.

According to Imohimi, based on the complaint, he directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCIID, Panti, Yaba to investigate the matter and after the preliminary investigations; it was revealed that the corpse of the deceased was deposited at St. Raphael Devine Mercy Specialist Hospital Mortuary along Ijede Road for preservation.

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“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”, the commissioner of police explained.

“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, the following grave diggers working at Sabo Cemetery, Ikorodu were contacted by the mortuary attendants to exhume the corpse for onward handover to its owner”, he said further.

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It was gathered that both Olusesi Owamade and Michael Olusegun are now in police net for investigation.

The Police boss also released the names of the grave diggers; as Razaki Abesopiti, 50 years, Okeowo Kazeem, 46 years, Babatunde Giwa, 50 years, Ade Aliu, 43 years and Musiliu Yakubu, 56 years.

“At present it is established that the aforementioned 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”, he added.

“Investigation into this case is in progress while effort is on to arrest one of the grave diggers by name, Anifowoshe 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”.

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