Numbers of unclaimed corpses are rising in the mortuaries of public hospitals across the country as families abandon the bodies of loved ones, an investigation by Saturday PUNCH has revealed. In some cases, it was learnt that families who had spent a lot of money taking care of sick relations, simply abandoned them when they died.
Some mortuary attendants told our correspondents that the relatives of many of such deceased persons no longer pick their calls. Also compounding the number of unclaimed corpses are those of mentally challenged victims who died on the street as well as accident victims and suspected armed robbers killed by security agents.
The situation is so dire in Cross River State that over 1,000 unclaimed corpses are currently in public and private mortuaries in the state, Saturday PUNCH learnt. Read more