A 37-year-old man, Chuckuman Udenwa, has been arrested for dumping his late father’s corpse in a septic tank at Okpanam community in the Oshimili-North Local Government Area of Delta State. The suspect was apprehended by a policemen from the Okpanam division early this week.
It was alleged that the suspect dumped the decomposing corpse of his late 83-year-old father who died in his house in a septic tank. A landlord to the suspect reported the incident to the police after he discovered the decomposing corpse in one of the septic tanks in the compound.
Following the landlord’s report, Udenwa was arrested and detained at the Okpanam police station before he was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
The suspect had told some of his neighbours who were aware of his father’s death that he had deposited the corpse at Maduemeze Hospital mortuary only for the corpse to be discovered in the neighbourhood.
But the suspect was said to have confessed to the crime upon police interrogation. The father of three told police investigators that he took the action because he had no money to pay for mortuary bills.
The spokesperson of the state police command, SP Celestina Kalu, confirmed the development when contacted on phone.