Panic engulfed the entire Plateau State today at a Specialist Hospitals’ mortuary in Jos, when the hand of the corpse of a man being prepared for burial suddenly grabbed the hand of his living brother.
The incident happened as the deceased, identified as Choji Zeng, was being dressed up by his brother, in preparation for burial.
Family members, who had participated in the washing of the corpse, ran out in panic as they saw the dead Choji Zeng, holding tight to his younger brother Mr. Gyang Zeng.
The pandemonium attracted mortuary attendants, who came in to separate the two brothers.
The two brothers had lived together at Ungwan Juma’a Abattoir in Jos metropolis. Zeng, 35 years old, died after a brief illness, relations said. He was said to have suffered from a liver disease.
Gyang Zeng confirmed the unusual incident to the newsmen saying, after bathing his brother, he was dressing him with white cloth, when his corpse grabbed his hands.
He said he had to call the mortuary attendant for help. The mortuary attendant forced the dead hands off him.
Relations and neighbours who witnessed the incident, also confirmed it.
Gyang also revealed that when the deceased held his hands, he asked him; “Choji why did you hold my hand, you want me to join you or what”.
One of the mortuary attendants said that it was not the first time such a thing will happen in the mortuary.
Mr. Benjamin Oche, a neighbour of the two brothers who also witnessed the incident said that before the demise of the deceased, both brothers had a misunderstanding.
He said both of them had quarreled over the land they inherited from their parents.
But no foul play was being suspected in Choji Zeng’s death.