Mummified Bodies In Edo State
Those scheduled for mass burial also include corpses at the former mortuary at the defunct Asuen Hospital at First East Circular Road, Benin City.
This was contained in a statement signed and issued by the Commissioner for Health in the state, Prof. Obehi Akoria.
The statement also called on the public who have corpses at these locations to provide the required evidence to claim such corpse(s) for burial.
“The general public is hereby notified that the corpses which were found at an illegal mortuary located off Ekehuan Road in Benin City have been scheduled for mass burial. Similarly, corpses at the former mortuary at the defunct Asuen Hospital, First East Circular Road, Benin City, have been scheduled for mass burial,” the statement said.
“Members of the public who may have corpses at these locations are hereby invited to provide the required evidence to claim such corpse(s) for burial.”
The statement added, “The Government of Edo State is hereby giving a moratorium of 21 days beginning from the date of publication of this announcement for the corpses to be duly claimed for burial.
“For further clarification, please contact the Director of Regulation and Monitoring at the Ministry of Health – 3rd Floor, Block D, New Secretariat Building, Sapele Road, Benin City.”
Recall that the statement had earlier directed all private hospital owners who run mortuaries, owners, and operators of standalone mortuaries, and owners and operators of embalmment homes in the state to present their registration documents to the Edo State Ministry of Health before the closing of business on Friday, September 30, 2022.
In a statement, the Commissioner said, “Owners/operators of mortuaries or embalmment homes who are not duly registered with the Ministry of Health are advised to obtain the requirements for registration from the Ministry of Health before the closing of business on Friday, September 9, 2022.
“Owners/operators of mortuaries and embalmment homes are further informed that every corpse must be duly certified as dead by a competent medical officer before being received into a private mortuary. Any corpse that has not been so certified should be taken to a government-owned mortuary.”
In other news, Kanyi Daily had reported that the operatives of Edo State Police command raided coastline and maritime communities in Ovie south-west local government area of the state.
The raid was conducted with a view to fishing out criminal elements terrorising the area. Guns, ammunition and other weapons were recovered during the raid.