Police have explained why the two sisters who slept in the same apartment in Benin with their mother’s corpse for nine days and went about their daily chores inside the same apartment while corpse rot away, will not be prosecuted.
On Friday last week, obsessed residents of Universal quarters in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State barged into house No. 13, Edemakhiota street in the locality following a stench that emanated from the bloated corpse of 78-year-old woman identified as Mrs. Agbenese Oshoma.
But the two children of the deceased; 60-year-old Grace Osagede and Theresa Suberu, 58-year-old, according to investigation, knew about the death of their mother, but kept the news to themselves and left the body in their apartment for the nine days, before curious neighbours burst the bubble after making the horrific discovery.
Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, SP Kotongs Bello, in response to outrage greeted the incident, cited lack of evidence against the accused persons and differences in culture.
He said the body has been evacuated by police personnel.
According to him, “The police evacuated the corpse. The sisters were not arrested because there was no reasonable ground to arrest them. Every family has the right to their culture and since there is no evidence to show that they compromise the law, there is no reason to arrest them”.
But Grace Osagede told newsmen that she was instructed by God not to disclose the death of their mother to anyone.
Our Correspondent reports that the tow sisters however beat retreat after a hoard of flies in the apartment, attracted curious neighbours alerted police mobilised to break into the apartment.