4 grave dig­gers nabbed for sell­ing body parts

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

Four grave dig­gers have been ar­rested by the po­lice in La­gos for al­legedly sell­ing hu­man body parts. The po­lice said that the grave dig­gers are staff of a lo­cal gov­ern­ment at­tached to one of the ceme­ter­ies in La­gos State.

Those ar­rested are Razaki Abe­so­piti, 50; Oke­owo Kazeem, 46; Ba­batunde Giwa, 50; Ade Aliu, 43; and Musiliu Yakubu, 56.

Their ar­rest fol­lows the com­plaint of the miss­ing part of a 51-year old dead lady, one Mary Ehin­laiye.

While parad­ing the sus­pects, the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ed­gal Imo­himi, said the sus­pects were ar­rested on Tues­day Novem­ber 20, 2018.

Imo­himi said the Com­mand re­ceived a com­plaint from one An­thony Lawani, younger brother to the de­ceased that her body parts were sliced off by yet-to-be iden­ti­fied per­sons.

Based on the com­plaint, he di­rected the Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Panti, Yaba to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter, not­ing that one Olus­esi Owa­made, a mor­tu­ary at­ten­dant, with the ap­proval of his su­per­vi­sor, Michael Oluse­gun, er­ro­neously re­leased the corpse to an­other fam­ily.

To re­cover the corpse, the ar­rested grave dig­gers were con­tacted by the mor­tu­ary at­ten­dants to ex­hume the corpse for on­ward han­dover to its owner but they con­spired among them­selves and dis­mem­bered the body of the de­ceased by cut­ting off the two wrists and heart for a yetto-be de­ter­mined rea­son.

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