Corruption: Woman’s Corpse Spends 3years In Mortuary


Corruption: Woman’s Corpse Spends 3years In Mortuary

Corruption: Woman’s Corpse Spends 3years In Mortuary

By Nedum Noble

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The family of late Mrs Rita Ugwuegbunam a.k.a Akpata of Nimo in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State have petitioned several government agencies to intervene in the case of their late sister who they said died in a questionable circumstance three years ago.

They said the autopsy on the death of their sister had remained inconclusive for three year as a result of alleged corruption and inefficiencies in the system.

Briefing newsmen in Awka, Anambra State, the spokesperson for the family, Mike Akpata said their sister who was married to “one Ray Ugwuegbulam of Owerri, Imo State, died in her matrimonial home in Enugu in 2015 under suspicious and questionable circumstances.”

He alleged that a “mysterious abnormal incision” was later found on the body of the deceased.

“When our brother in-law wouldn’t cooperate with us to perform an autopsy in order to find the cause of the death, we requested and eventually obtained her corpse from our brother in-law after a prolong struggle.

“We had to invite the police when the entire circumstance became shrouded in mystery,” he added.

Describing as horrible and frustrating their experience with the Enugu State Police Command and other inquest agencies, the family pleaded with the Inspector General of Police, the Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria, the National Assembly and others to intervene to enable them to bury their sister and in the interest of justice.

Their statement partly read, “All we are looking for is for the public institutions and their officials involved to timely and transparently do their job or face the consequences.

“We want Dr. Abdu and the Medical and Dental Practitioners Investigation Panel, The IPO Mrs Akpa and the Police, New Hope Dialysis and Diagnostic Center and Dr. Osiatuma, and ESUTH, Park lane where the autopsy was done and Dr. Ohayi S.A.R. to go back and do their job that we have paid for.

“We want the institutions involved to be sanctioned and the corrupt officials to be disciplined to the highest extent that our laws permit.

“Our case is a case of corruption with reckless impunity by public officials. It is a case that has been denied by delays because it is said that justice delayed is justice denied.

“It’s now almost three years that our sister died and has been lying in the mortuary since then waiting for justice.

“Because of corruption, these public officials and the institutions they represent are using their powers to delay, suppress and kill our case.

“They should all be exposed and bring to book.

“We have filed petitions against Dr. Abdu and the Medical and Dental Council, ESUTH, Parklane Teaching and Dr. Ohayi, New Hope Dialysis and Diagnostic Center and Dr. Victor Osiatuma, the Police, ICPC,the Presidency, the Speaker of The House, the Minister of Health, and the Code of Conduct Bureau.

“We are here today pleading with the press to also help us get the attention of the Federal Government and its agencies to timely attend to our petitions so that justice can be served.”

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