The police in Imo have arrested two men, Chukwudi Chukwu and Bethel Ibe, for allegedly abducting a female corpse from a morgue and demanding five million naira as ransom.
It was gathered that the suspects contacted the manager of the mortuary, Bright Nwanshi to make the demand.
The state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, while parading the suspects on Thursday, said police operatives swooped on the suspects, arrested them and recovered the corpse.
Galadanchi said the suspects kidnapped the female corpse from Jesus Hospital Mortuary in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state.
“I present to you Chukwudi Chukwu and Bethel Ibe. These men broke into a mortuary in the Ikeduru LGA and abducted a female corpse.
“The suspects subsequently contacted the manager of Jesus Hospital Mortuary, Ikeduru Local Government Area and made a demand of N5m for the release of the corpse.
“We got wind of the crime and swooped on them. We arrested them in a forest and recovered the corpse,” Galadanchi said while disclosing that the suspects would be charged to the court at the end of the investigation.
The manager of the morgue, Nwanshi, said one of the suspects formerly worked at the hospital.
“On Thursday morning, the police arrested one of the suspects and the other one was arrested later. They took us to the forest where they kept it and we exhumed the corpse," he said.