11 days over, Nigerian footballer's body still in city
Kolkata, Feb. 18 (PTI): Eleven days after his death, body of Nigerian footballer Lawrence, still lies in a city morgue with financial crunch and legal hassles preventing his friends from sending his body back home.
Lawrence, who played for several city clubs including Mohammedan Sporting and Tollygunge Agragami after coming here in the late 1990s, died at a local nursing home on February 8 following a heart attack.
"Nobody has come to take his body. Everyday the bill is rising. It must be in the vicinity of Rs 10,000 now, including the cost of the coffin," an official at Peace Heaven, where Lawrence's body has been kept, said.
Lawrence's compatriots Bernard Operanozie, Christopher and Habib Adenkule, have been holding daily meetings near the gate of the morgue to decide on how to deport the body to Nigeria, but so far they have met with no success.
"Lawrence had not registered himself with the High Commission, hence his status is that of an illegal immigrant. So, this may cause problems for the High Commission," said one of the Nigerians.