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The powers of the embalmer

Kalu Ben Chima, who owns the Emeka Mortuary in Cross River State, southern Nigeria, has denied accusations that he sells body parts of the dead who pass through his hands.

He told a local newspaper that the claims are unfounded: “There are people who do so or do have sex with them, but I don’t do any of such.” Chima added that “You will die also in a matter of hours or days. How can you have sex with a corpse or how can someone sell body parts of a corpse or water used in washing a corpse? Such water is poisonous. Sex with the dead is a deadly affair. Do not think that because she is lying down there, she is finished and you can go and have sex with her. The corpses may be dead, but they still possess some spiritual powers to protect themselves.”

He elaborated: “Some dead bodies are so powerful such that they do not allow others to lie close to them, so in the night, we will remove other bodies near them and dump them far from where they are or they would go to an isolated place and lie there.”