Mortuary attendant
Mortuary attendant

I was asked to supply water used to bath dead bodies for rituals – Mortuary worker.

The General Secretary of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana, Richard Kofi Jordan, has confirmed the rumours that some people go to the mortuary to get water used to bath dead bodies and use them for rituals.

Mr. Jordan confirmed that the practice can be going on in some mortuaries possibly in the privately-owned ones.

He said he declined the offer of someone who wanted such water to enable the person to fortify ahead of his enstoolment as a Chief.

“Last month someone I know met me and told me he wants to be installed as a Chief in his hometown and so he wants me to help him to get water that has been used to bathe a corpse. And I told him if it’s Lucifer that sent him, then he has failed. “He said.

“I further told him that if he makes a mistake and goes to another place in search of the said water, he will die before getting to the gate of the mortuary.”

According to him, in the town that he intends to be enstooled as a chief, whoever sits on that throne dies. Hence, he was advised by a ‘man’ of God to look for water that has been used to bathe a dead body for it to be used to perform some rituals to fortify him. For me, I will reject it, but you know what money can do, another mortuary man could be influenced to give away such water. I will not deny that people make such requests,” Mr. Kofi Jordan told Okay FM in an interview monitored by

He added: “I remember about four years ago, a mortuary attendant in one of the mortuaries in Accra here informed me that someone had come to him with GHC20,000 to bribe him to cut a body part of a corpse for him. The mortuary man said he immediately rushed to the administration to report the person, but by the time he returned the man had fled.

So it’s true that people are walking about looking for such things based on their spiritual beliefs and needs. But we the mortuary attendants are very much aware that we can easily die when we engage in such practices because someone might belong to a spiritual group and might have fortified himself before dying.”