Police detectives attached to Oghara Police Division in the early hours of on Monday arrested a mortuary attendant in a morgue in one of the hospitals in the town (name withheld) following the missing corpse of a 58- year old woman identified as Mrs Patience Amughghoro.
It was gathered that the deceased, a 58-year-old woman died last year after a brief illness and her corpse was kept in the mortuary in Oghara town where suspected ritualists whisked her away into Oblivion after allegedly” settled” 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 after preparation process as they arrived at the mortuary to find the body missing without no reasons adduced by the mortuary attendant
Divisional Police Officer ( DPO) Oghara Police Division, CSP Hassan Isah who confirmed the arrest of the mortuary attendant, said that the family members of the deceased made a formal report to the station.
He added that the matter was referred to the detectives unit who swung into action to arrest the mortuary attendant who upon interrogation, confessed to the crime and admitted selling the corpse to the ritualists for money-making business.
He said the suspect will be charged to court on completion of investigation.
Meanwhile, a family member of the late woman who spoke to our correspondent, Mrs Felicia Okiemute disclosed that the morgue 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.
Okiemute added that it was in the process that the attendant began to panic in fear.
“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 to go scut 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 ( name withheld) refused to comment but managed to say” The matter is already with the police”