Mr. Kalu Ben Chima, aka Emeka Ambulance, the proprietor of Emeka Mortuary, Okunmi Community, located in Cross River State, has revealed some strange things that occur in the mortuary.
Mr. Chima revealed that dead bodies, especially those of occultists and members of secret societies “do give us trouble while being embalmed because their bodies have been ‘fortified’ by the devil or some spiritual forces.”
The Arochukwu-born mortician, whose mortuary is located along Ikom-Calabar highway, said:
“In such cases, we have to pet and persuade them by talking to them to allow the chemicals to penetrate their bodies, but if they remain stubborn, we have to employ our own spiritual force and of course, power pass power and we can then embalm them.”
Emeka Ambulance, who learnt his trade in Onitsha General Hospital, Anambra state, said he discovered that some dead bodies were so “powerful” such that they do not allow others to lie close to them and he was always careful when attending to such bodies.
His words: “Some powerful people do not allow other dead bodies to lie close to them, so in the night, they 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 – all dead bodies are not the same, which is why we knock before we enter there.”
“The corpses may be dead, but they still possess some spiritual powers to protect themselves.
“We have about 100 corpses right now and 18 abandoned ones, but we keep the place open, both day and night, without any security and anybody, who attempts to do anything funny by going there to steal or do anything has himself to blame,”, he said.
In 2010, shortly after the mortuary was established, there was an unsubstantiated story about a man, whose car broke down close to the mortuary late in the night and he decided to seek for place to spend the night, and knocked on the door of a house he saw light burning close by.
A security guard reportedly came out and gave him a mat to sleep in a section of the room, only for him to wake up the next morning and discovered that he slept among corpses and he instantly passed out.
Another case was that while conveying a corpse, the mortician occasionally walked behind the ambulance, while the corpse drives the van and the bizarre- that he sells body parts of dead people and so on.
Chima confirmed some creepy stories and described others as hearsay. On the man who allegedly slept in the mortuary with corpses, he said it was not true and he does not keep security guards in the mortuary.
On the report that he has rented crowd of women, who engage in bogus weeping when a person dies, he said the women were part of a specialized funeral services he offers. Some people hire mourners before their death.