DISTURBING footage appears to show undertakers storming a funeral and snatching a corpse from a coffin – over an alleged £27 debt.
Family members looked on in horror as the men removed the suit-clad body from the coffin during the ceremony in Ghana and then walked off with the corpse.
The men, from a local hospital mortuary, reportedly carried out the shocking act after the family refused to hand over 150 Ghanaian Cedi (£27) owed for dressing the body.
They appeared at Tema Community Nine Cemetery on Saturday minutes before the coffin was about to be lowered into the grave, Citi News reported.
Shocking video footage shows the two men reaching into the white coffin and lifting the body of the man out, as his friends and family gathered around.
They then lifted the man – who was wearing a grey suit and gloves – onto their shoulders and walked out of the grave yard.
One of the men from the mortuary claimed the family had “run away” without paying the full undertakers fees.
“The undertaker who dressed the body, charged the bereaved family GHc 150 for dressing their body,” he told Citi News.
“But the family decided to run away with the body after the undertaker had dressed it. So we got wind of the incident and got angry hence our action at the cemetery.
“Though we took the body out of the coffin in an attempt to bring it back to the mortuary for safe keep until such time the money was paid.
“Some sympathisers intervened later and paid us a negotiable amount of one hundred Ghana cedis which we accepted and allowed them to have the body for burial.”