Kidnappers stole a corpse from a morgue and demands £10,000 ransom in Imo - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Kidnappers stole a corpse from a morgue and demands £10,000 ransom in Imo



Chukwudi Chukwu, 38, and Ibeh Bethel Lazarus, 28, allegedly took the dead body of a woman after breaking into the mortuary at Jesus Hospital in Imo state. They then purportedly contacted the mortuary manager, Bright Nwanshi, to negotiate its release in return for five million naira (£10,600). They asked me to give them N5m. I reported the matter to the police and investigation commenced.

Kidnappers stole a corpse from a morgue in Nigeria and demanded a ransom for its release, police say.

Chukwudi Chukwu, 38, and Ibeh Bethel Lazarus, 28, allegedly took the dead body of a woman after breaking into the mortuary at Jesus Hospital in Imo state.

They then purportedly contacted the mortuary manager, Bright Nwanshi, to negotiate its release in return for five million naira (£10,600).

The suspects were arrested following an operation by the anti-kidnapping unit of the Nigerian police’s Imo state command.

Police also recovered a Suzuki bus allegedly used to carry the corpse.

“Suspects made useful statements to the police confessing to the crime and subsequently led operatives to a forest at Umunjam Mbieri Mbaitoli where the kidnapped corpse was recovered,” the police said in a statement..

“Investigation is in progress while the kidnapped corpse has been released.”

Both men were recently released from jail after serving six and 14 years respectively on kidnapping charges.

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