Doctor mutilates baby’s corpse, removes eyes, tongue,private part
Culled from Vanguard
The Ogun State Police Command, Sunday,
said it has arrested one Dr. Babawale Joshua who owned Ajike Medical
Centre at 11, Adeyemi Street, Saka, Sango Ota, for suspected ritual
activities and disrespect to the corpse of a 13-month-old baby who died
in his hospital, Saturday.
According the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the state,
Mr Muyiwa Ogunjobi, the police discovered that the boy’s corpse was
mutilated. He told Vanguard that the eyes, tongue, two lips, two ears, private part, nails and the left hand and veins were cut off at the hospital.
In his account of what happened, the child’s father, identified as
Obinna Oleh, a 35-year-old auto spare part dealer at Ladipo market, from
Umunze village in AnambraState, said: “On Friday the 7th of June, my
child took ill, my wife joined me to rush him to the hospital.
“The next day, being Saturday, I came to see them at the hospital in
the morning before going to my shop while the child was actually getting
“It was with this hope that I left for my shop thinking that at least
before the end of the day, the child would have recovered fully.
“But in the afternoon, my wife called to inform me that the baby’s
health had deteriorated, that I should rush home. When I got here, I met
my child in a very critical condition.
“I asked if any medication had been administered on him and my wife
told me that the doctor gave him an injection that afternoon and that
the child’s stomach swelled after the injection.
“The baby was practically abandoned by the hospital management in this condition until around 8p.m when he finally died.
“As we attempted to carry the corpse, the nurse in charge said we had
to clear our bills before we could take the body away. She also said
she needed to call the Medical Director for the full amount we were to
balance before they could release the corpse to us.
“Mind you, we were not owing them before the baby died. We made some
initial deposit prior to the baby’s admission and treatment. So when
the nurse came up with the balance payment issue, I was not in the mood
to argue that with them. I took my wife and we left, with the intention
of returning yesterday morning to clear what ever bill there was, and
take our child for burial.
“Also our pastor advised us to get a death certificate first before
taking the corpse away for burial, so that we don’t encounter any
problems with the police.
“We also needed to inform our kinsmen here about what happened. These
were the reasons why we left the body of our baby at the hospital
till the following morning.
“But yesterday morning, I was having a meeting with my brothers on
how to get a doctor’s report on my child’s death when the nurse called
me to come over to the hospital, that it’s like they used a spiritual
arrow to kill my child. I asked her what she meant by that. And at same
time, followed her to the room where the body was.
“I was shocked to the bones to find my child’s body in a gory state.
His ears were cut off, his private part, his tongue, his lips, and his
eyes were plucked out. I am yet to recover from the shock of that
sight.The police was informed and they came and took the body away.”
Meantime, when Vanguard visited the hospital, yesterday, it was under lock and key, having been shut by the police who confirmed the development.