Outrage is permeating Enugu State in southeastern Nigeria, following the shocking discovery of dead bodies buried in shallow graves within a church foundation.

Corpses were found inside the foundation of the building under construction, which was being prepared for concrete.

The building is allegedly owned, according to residents in the area, by a ritualist who cloaked himself to be a man of God.

Local sources indicated one of the workers at the site heard about the burial of deceased people inside the foundation and alerted security officials before the concrete was poured. Police officers received a tip about it after laborers dug the foundation open and discovered the corpses.

Enugu State Police spokesman Ebere Amaraizu said three decomposing bodies were discovered, and full-scale investigations have commenced to unmask circumstances surrounding the incident.

Many people believe that the act was done for ritual purposes.