Osogbo health officials abandon corpse by roadside

Residents of Aderin Junction, Powerline area of Osogbo, have expressed concerns over the likelihood of epidemic outbreak following the abandonment of a decomposing body by the roadside.
Our corespondent, who visited the area on Wednesday, observed  that the corpse had started decomposing and passersby covered their noses due to the stench oozing from it.
Some  of the residents told our correspondent that the corpse was that of a mentally ill man who used to roam the area.
One of the residents, Mr. Kazeem Kasali, a cement dealer said, “The corpse is that of a mad man who roamed this street. There were two of them and there is no day you will come around here without noticing them.
“However, on Tuesday morning when we got here, we saw him lying there. It was unusual, so we reported it to the police.”
When our correspondent visited the Oke-Odo Police Station, one Mr. Salihu Isah said evacuation of corpses was not the duty of the police.
He said, “If it was an accident, we could come in to see how the corpse will be removed; but in this case, the local government is expected to evacuate it.”
However, workers at the Olorunda North Local Council Development Area, which supervises Ota-Efun and its  environs, informed our correspondent that efforts were being made to evacuate  the corpse.
As at the time of filing this report, they have yet to do so.

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