Family wants justice over alleged removal of dead child’s body parts

Delta police spokesman Bright Edafe

The family of Promise John has called for justice over the alleged removal of some parts of their dead child in a hospital in Asaba, Delta State capital.

The alleged incident occurred on October 10, 2022 after the newborn male child who was admitted at the El-Comfort Hospital, Asaba, was confirmed dead.

The child’s father, Mr John, told journalists on Wednesday in Asaba that the baby was brought to the hospital on September 29, but died after 11 days in the intensive care unit where he was placed on oxygen.

“After the child was confirmed dead, we came to carry the corpse on Monday morning; then we discovered that the eyes, the ear and parts of the face had been removed.

“We reported the matter to the police, but with the way the police was going about the case, it seemed they were trying to deny us justice.

“The case has been charged to court, but the police only charged the nurses on duty without joining the hospital. We demand that the hospital too should be charged for the crime.

“As I speak to you now, the three nurses that were arrested over the alleged crime have been released on bail,” John said.

Spokesperson of the Police Command in Delta, Bright Edafe, who confirmed the incident to journalists, said the nurses involved have been charged to court.

“The nurses on duty when the incident occurred were arrested and have been charged to court, so there is no point joining the hospital,” Edafe said.