The Police in Bayelsa has foiled an attempt by some youths and a member of the State House of Assembly to remove the corpse of one Goodluck Oviekeme from the Federal Medical Center (FMC) mortuary in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Twenty seven-year-old Oviekeme was arrested last Tuesday alongside eight others over alleged attack on a Policeman and theft of his service rifle.
He later died in the custody of the police after he was alleged to have suddenly fallen ill, a development that sparked off a peaceful protest by his Biogbolo Community kinsmen.
It was gathered that at about 12 a.m. on Sunday, mortuary attendants at the FMC alerted men of the Operation Puff Adder and operatives of the Anti-cultism squad of the Police on the strange request of some youths and the lawmaker for the release of his corpse.
The policemen arrived the hospital immediately and prevented the youths and the assembly member from carting away the corpse without any authorization.
An hopsital source said: “We got information that the politician and four boys were trying to retrieve the corpse. When the men of Operation Puff Adder arrived in company of another senior police officer, ACP, Operation. They could not retrieve the corpse.
“When they were asked what they were doing at the morgue at such an unholy hour, they claimed they were at the Medical Centre to pay the mortuary bill of the deceased. He was then asked if he was the one that deposited the corpse? He said No.
Spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident, saying “at about midnight on Saturday, there was an attempt to steal the corpse of the deceased but it was foiled by vigilant security men”.
It will be recalled that the State Commissioner of Police, Echeng Eworo Echeng had ordered for discreet investigation and autopsy to determine the cause of death of Oviekeme.