The Gombe State Police Command on Wednesday morning debunked the alleged removal of the eyes of a deceased woman at the mortuary of the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH) in Gombe.
The command described the allegation as false and unfounded.
Protesters had on Tuesday gathered outside the hospital gate to protest over the alleged incident.
Following the directive by the State Police Commissioner, CP Oqua Etim, a discreet investigation was carried out to ascertain the truth of the matter.
The police investigation revealed that the hospital management had carried out autopsy on the deceased in the presence of her relatives.
As contained in a statement on Wednesday morning by ASP Mahid Muazu Abubakar, the spokesperson of the command, the autopsy revealed that the deceased's eyes were intact.
"On Tuesday, 26th September 2023, one Bilyaminu Dogara Campbell, male of Tumfure quarters Gombe, went to the Gombe Divisional Police Headquarters and reported that his aunt, Halima Ibrahim, aged 61 years, who was sick, died while receiving treatment at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe on Friday, 22th September 2023 and her corpse was deposited at the said hospital mortuary for preservation.
"That on Tuesday, 26th September 2023, the deceased relations went to prepare the corpse for burial, and they discovered that blood was coming out from the deceased left eye. which raised suspicion that the eye might have been removed at the hospital's mortuary.
"On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police CP Oqua Etim directed the Divisional Police Officer to conduct discreet investigations in order to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.
"The Command equally deployed Police operatives at the hospital's gate in order to protect the facility and prevent breach of public peace from the rampaging youths who besieged the hospital to protest.
"Consequently, the management of the hospital apeal to the agrieved persons for calm and conducted autopsy on the deceased body in the presence of her relations, and the result shows that all the two eyes ware intact.
"This has doused the tension, and the crowd who gathered outside the hospital's gate dispersed peacefully, having noticed that the allegations were baseless.
"In view of the foregoing,the Command wishes to inform members of the public that the allegations were not only false but unfounded, probably achastrated by mischief makers to incite disturbance of public peace in the State.
"Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing to unravel the perpetrators of the false alarm in order to bring them to book," Abubakar stated.