A couple, identified as Okunade and Mariam Ashifat, has been arraigned before an Osun State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly severing the head and hand of a corpse known as  Rasheed Tiamiyu,

John Idoko, the police prosecutor, said the defendants had been arraigned in March 2020.

The couple in the new charges filed on Friday was accused of conspiracy and severing the head and hand of the corpse in the Dagbolu area of Ifon, Osun State.

The charges read in part, “That the two accused persons and others now at large on March 21, 2020, around 1 pm at Dagbolu area, Ifon, conspired to commit a misdemeanor and improperly or indecently interfered with the corpse of one Rasheed Tiamiyu, and cut his head and hand.”

Idoko said the offenses were contrary to and punishable under Section 242 of the Criminal Code Cap. 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the two counts.

Yemisi Akintajuwa, the defense counsel, applied that her clients be allowed to continue to enjoy their freedom having been previously admitted to bail by the court.

Dr. Olusegun Ayilara, the magistrate, granted the application and adjourned the matter till Friday, January 8, 2021, for hearing.