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Four arrested over missing corpse in Ogun mortuary

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested four people over the missing corpse of 86-year-old, late Pa Joel Omiran, who died a month ago.

Late Omiran was deposited at the mortuary of Sacred Heart Hospital in Lantoro, Abeokuta, Ogun State after he died at the private hospital where he was rushed to for treatment.

The deceased’s children were said to have kept their father’s body in the mortuary till burial arrangements were concluded.

According to Daily Post, trouble started when the children visited the mortuary during the week to take delivery of the body of their late father, but the corpse was nowhere to be found.

The aforementioned publication reported that a reliable source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity “The children of Pa Omiran kept the body of their father in the mortuary a month ago.

“But, they were shocked when they visited the hospital this week after they called to inform them they will be taking away the body for burial. They cleared all necessary bills.

“[But] on getting to the hospital, they could not find the body. Every effort to get the body proved abortive.

“Two mortuary attendants, an auditor and a plumber have been arrested.”

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident said the police authority is aware of the incident and that four persons have been arrested.

Oyeyemi said, “We are aware of the incident. One 86-year-old man, Joel Omiran’s body was missing at the Sacred Heart Hospital mortuary.

“We have commenced an investigation. The State CID, Eleweran, has taken over the case.

“Four suspects have been held. Two mortuary attendants, one auditor and a plumber.”

Oyeyemi said the plumber was arrested because “we heard that a few days to the incident, he had helped the attendants to break the door to the mortuary when the keys to the doors were misplaced.”

The suspects were arrested on Thursday, he confirmed.

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