By Peter Ofili , Precious John-Aziken & Efeunu Erezi
There were indications, yesterday, that one of the wives of Emmanuel Adeyemi, the herbalist who was arrested following the discovery of 28 chained persons in his Oke-Ira Ogba Lagos home, was among those buried in the shallow grave discovered in his house.
This is just as relatives of some of the rescued victims have reported at the centre where they are kept, to identify their own.
Information at Vanguard’s disposal revealed that the suspect’s first wife died about four years ago from an undisclosed ailment.
Meanwhile, residents of Oke-Ira have expressed fear over the health hazards of the shallow graves, calling on the state government to intervene.
A professor of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, said, yesterday, that improperly disposed dead bodies, particularly people who died of highly infectious diseases, could lead to serious health problems.
Professor Tomori, who is also the President of the Nigeria Academy of Science, NAS, and and Chairman, Lassa Fever Committee, said depending on the cause of death, people around could only be at risk when bodies in the shallow graves are exposed by scavenging dogs or washed out by heavy rains.