There was drama at the Tema Community (9) Cemetery last Saturday February 11, 2016 when a popular ‘mortuary man’ at the Tema General Hospital in the Greater Accra Region stormed the burial ground to seize a dead body over an amount of GH¢40.
According to eye witnesses, the amount was balance which relations of dead were supposed to pay him for the services he rendered during preparation of the corpse.
The incensed mortuary man in the company of a colleague, while the body was being interred, seized the coffin, open it, picked out the dressed corpse and started heading back to the mortuary.
His reason was that the family of the deceased failed to pay for the full amount and while he was busily preparing other bodies for burial, they sneaked the corpse out and headed straight to the cemetery to bury and proceed to perform the funeral.
Fearing he could not retrieve his balance if the corpse was buried, did the unthinkable.
His conduct shocked mourners who had gathered at the graveyard to pay their last respect to the deceased.
In the ensuing melee, family elders in the company of some friends managed to save the situation which paved the way for the deceased to be buried.