Chukwuma Udenwa, a 37-year-old bricklayer, has been arrested by the Delta State Police Command for allegedly dumping the corpse of his father inside a septic tank at his residence in Okpanam community, near Asaba.
Udenwa, who hails from Uli community in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, is married with three children.
SP Celestina Kalu, the state Police Public Relations Officer, made the disclosure on Thursday in Asaba in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
Kalu said Udenwa was arrested after his landlord discovered a decomposing corpse in one of the septic tanks in the compound.
She said: “The man was arrested for dumping the corpse of his father in a septic tank in the compound he is living.
“He said he has no money to take the corpse to the mortua.”
NAN gathered that Udenwa had informed his neighbours that one of his sisters, who resides at Ibusa, recently brought his 83-year-old sick father, John Udenwa, to Asaba for medical attention.
Udenwa, who reportedly confessed to the crime, told the police that lack of finance compelled him to dump the corpse of his father in the septic tank.
“Before the discovery, Udenwa lied to some of his neighbours that his father passed on from his illness and the corpse had been deposited at Maduemeze Hospital mortuary,” Kalu said.
The police spokesperson said Udenwa would be arraigned in court under section 242 of the criminal code.