The Ekiti State Police on Monday charged one Emmanuel Bolodeoku, before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ado-Ekiti, for allegedly exhuming the corpse of his wife.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the police prosecutor, Insp. Caleb Leranmo, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 17, at New Iyin Area in Ado-Ekiti.
Leranmo alleged that the accused improperly and indecently interfered with the corpse of his late wife, Oyinola Bolodeoku, buried a year ago.
The defendant allegedly exhumed the corpse and kept it in a ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.
He said the accused committed the offence which is punishable under Section 242 (1) b of Criminal Code, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
He also alleged that the accused did ‘vitiate the atmosphere, so as to make it harmful to the health of persons in the neighbourhood, when he brought the decomposed corpse of his wife in a bag to the neighbourhood’.
According to him, he has therefore committed an offence punishable under Section 247 of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor applied for a date of adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble his three witnesses.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, while his counsel, Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, applied for his bail, promising the Court that he would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum, who must have a verifiable address, within the jurisdiction of the court.
He, then, adjourned the case till April 24, for hearing.