FMC Owerri to perform mass burials for unclaimed bodies at the mortuary

FMC Owerri to perform mass burials for unclaimed bodies at the mortuary

Next month, the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owerri, Imo State, will perform a mass burial of unclaimed bodies at the hospital’s mortuary.

Jacynta Achonu, the medical institution’s spokesperson, issued a press statement on Wednesday urging people of the state whose relatives are missing to look for them in the FMC mortuary department during the next two weeks.

Achonu revealed to newOkechukwu Ibekwe-Onwuzurumbasmen that the hospital’s administration has chosen to bury bodies that have been unclaimed for more than three years.

Although Achonu would not reveal the number of bodies, she did say that there are still vacancies in their mortuary for fresh corpses.


‘It’s not that we don’t have places in our mortuary anymore,’ she explained, ‘but we merely want to decongest the facility so that we can accept new ones.’


‘Sometimes, the delay in transporting bodies is part of our tradition here. We allow corpses to stay for an extended period of time while we build dwellings in preparation for the burial ritual,’ Achonu stated.


However, the FMC spokesperson denied reports that the unidentified remains were among those reportedly pushed into the morgue by security forces.


‘This is something we’ve been doing for a long time. We did it last year, so I don’t see why this year should be any different. Some of your people inquired as to whether we had bodies dumped by security agents, to which we replied that we did not, and


‘This is something we’ve been doing for a long time. We did it last year, so I don’t see why this year should be any different. Some of your people questioned if we had bodies placed by security agents, and we told them we didn’t, and they saw for themselves,’ Achonu affirmed.

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