Mortuary attendants remove eyes of dead child for ritual


The remains of an 18-month-old twin named Chuma Sunday has reportedly been mutilated by mortuary attendants at University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) where the body was deposited.

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The deceased, according to The Sun, died of anaemia in the hospital’s children’s ward on August 3, 2018 but two weeks later when his distraught parents, Mr. Ede Sunday and his wife, went to pay the mortuary bill and collect the corpse for onward burial, it has been mutilated with the eyes plucked.

“I went to the mortuary on September 17 to pay the bill and retrieve the corpse.

“I had N20, 000 with me. But after taking the money, the attendant informed me my total bill was N56, 000. I requested to see the corpse of my baby. But to my surprise, when he brought out the baby’s corpse, the two eyes had been removed,” the bereaved father who was livid with anger told the paper.

According to the report, the family have petitioned the police and investigation into the claim has commenced.

“The family of the deceased, Mr Eze Sunday wrote a petition to me on September 18, and we immediately started the investigation. We sent an invitation letter to the board of UPTH,” the paper quoted the State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Zaki, as saying.

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