The Gombe State Police Command has debunked the alleged removal of the eye of a corpse at the Federal Teaching Hospital Mortuary in the state.
The command said the allegation was not only false and unfounded but probably orchestrated by mischief makers to incite disturbance of public peace in the state.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Spokesman of the command, ASP Mahid Muazu Abubakar.
According to ASP Abubakar, on Tuesday, 26th September 2023, one Bilyaminu Dogara Campbell of Tumfure quarters Gombe, went to the Gombe Divisional Police Headquarters and reported that his aunt, Halima Ibrahim, aged 61 years, who was sick, died while receiving treatment at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe on Friday, 22nd September 2023 and her corpse was deposited at the said hospital mortuary for preservation.
“That, on Tuesday, 26th September 2023, the deceased relations went to prepare the corpse for burial, and they discovered that blood was coming out from the deceased left eye. which raised suspicion that the eye might have been removed at the hospital’s mortuary,” the statement reads.
“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police CP Oqua Etim directed the Divisional Police Officer to conduct discreet investigations in order to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident. The Command equally deployed Police operatives at the hospital’s gate in order to protect the facility and prevent breach of public peace from the rampaging youths who besieged the hospital to protest.
“Consequently, the management of the hospital appealed to the aggrieved persons for calm and conducted an autopsy on the deceased body in the presence of her relations, and the result shows that all two eyes were intact. This has doused the tension, and the crowd who gathered outside the hospital’s gate dispersed peacefully, having noticed that the allegations were baseless.
“In view of the foregoing, the Command wishes to inform members of the public that the allegations were not only false but unfounded, probably orchestrated by mischief makers to incite disturbance of public peace in the State.”
The police spokesman said the command is investigating to unravel the perpetrators of the false alarm to bring them to book.