In Edo, sisters keep their dead mother indoors for nine days
Mrs Agbenese Oshoma’s body was discovered nine days after her death in an apartment.
Surprisingly, two of the deceased’s children, 60-year-old Grace Osagede and 58-year-old Theresa Suberu, were aware of their mother’s death but kept the news to themselves and kept the body in their apartment for nine days, until the offensive odor from their house forced neighbours to barge into the house to see the elderly woman’s bloated body.
God had told Osagede not to tell anyone about their mother’s death, she claimed.
Reports had it the sisters went about their business like nothing had happened.
When the terrible odor got unbearable, the neighbors mobilized and barged into the building, only to find the woman’s decomposing remains, which everyone in the neighborhood dubbed “Iye,” which means “old woman.”
Grace Osagede, the older sister, informed the audience that she had received instructions from the Lord not to notify anyone about their mother’s death, which was backed up by her younger sister, Theresa, who said her elder sister requested her not to tell anyone because she had been “instructed by the Lord.”
When reached, Kotongs Bello, the Public Relations Officer for the Edo State Police Command, confirmed the event.
“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”.
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