The Police in Kwara on Tuesday arraigned two brothers, Abdullateef and Yusuf Adekanye, before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court for allegedly exhuming their father’s corpse for ritual.
NAN reported that the defendants face two count charges of criminal conspiracy and exhuming human carcasses from grave.
The prosecutor, Moshood Adebayo, said the duo led some people to their family compound and removed the remains of their late father, Zakarya Adekanye, from the grave without the knowledge of other family members.
Mr Adebayo alleged that the defendants desecrated the burial ground, the Agba Akin Court, Offa, where their late father had been interred since 2012 according to Islamic rites.
He told the court that the defendants had allegedly exhumed and packed all the skeletons away for ritual purposes, saying the offence contravened Sections 97 and 226 of Penal Code Law.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Magistrate Mohammed Adams Oke-Okura acquiesced to the prosecutor’s plea and ordered the defendants be remanded in a correctional centre.
He, however, adjourned the case until April 12, for further mention.