Traditional bone setter alleged for burying corpse

A 58 – year-old traditional bone setter,  Olayinka Adesoji, on Thursday appeared before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Iyaganku, Ibadan, for allegedly burying the corpse of his patient. The  police charged Adesoji, who lives in  Agbongbon area, Iyana Olunloyo, Ibadan,  with one count of man handling a corpse.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Opeyemi Olagunju, said  Adesoji, on June 19, at about 3pm at Iyana Olunloyo , Agbongbon, Ibadan, buried  one Bunmi,  (surname unknown) in his apartment. Olagunju said,  “on May 30, at about 4pm , one Bunmi  was alleged to have been taken to the home of one Adesoji, a traditional orthopedic doctor for treatment of a broken hand.“

Adesoji charged N30,000 for the service, and the patient was left there in his house after payment of the money. “On June 18, Bunmi  was reported to have fainted and subsequently died in the early hours  of June 19.“ The defendant then proceeded to bury the late Bunmi’s body in the room he occupied ” he said.

Olagunju said the offence contravened Section 246 of the Oyo State Criminal Code 2000. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Olaide Hamzat admitted him to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Magistrate Hamzah adjourned the matter until Nov.8, for hearing.

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