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NEWS UPDATE: Villagers exhume corpse in Akwa Ibom over inability to pay fine

NEWS UPDATE: Villagers exhume corpse in Akwa Ibom over inability to pay fine

The chairman of Usung Atiat village, Ukanafun Local Authorities Area of Akwa Ibom Province, Aniedu Thompson Okon, has allegedly exhumed the corpse of a 61-year-old Aniefiok Daniel Effiong 61 for the deceased failure to pay specified fine for an alleged offence committed piece he was alive.

It was gathered that the village council had demanded some items from the deceased to appease his alleged offense before his expiry.

The items included she caprine animal, tubers of yam, a jar of palm vino, 1 crate of soft drinks, one carton of beer, one bottle of local gin, a bottle of dry out gin, garden egg, one bottle of snuff, alligator pepper and other condiments including a bundle of firewood to make.

But the deceased failed to convey those items piece he was alive.

Notwithstanding, prior to the burial date, the village chairman, it was learnt had sent a letter of the alphabet to the bereaved household warning them of the consequences for failing to supply items before their male parent’s interment.

Division of the letter of the alphabet as circulating online read: “Failure to convey the items for committing an abnormal deed, burial should not be conducted in the village.”

A source shut to the household told DAILY POST that the household ignored the threat letter of the alphabet and continued with the funeral as the household did not understand the ‘abnormal deed’ contained in the letter of the alphabet.

He added, “after the burial, the village chairman stormed the deceased chemical compound with thugs, firing gunshots into the air and exhumed the corpse and dumped it along the village footpath to decompose.

“Such deed was outright desecration of the dead which would require some other circular of rituals to rebury and appease the gods to avert calamity in the household and entire community,” the source said.

Also, the son of the deceased, Mr. Uduak Effiong Bassey has cried for justice, demanding the village council to rebury his male parent or face the law for desecrating the dead.

In a petition entitled: ” A instance of Desecration of Corpse and illegal possession of Arms Perpetrated by the village Chairman – Aniedu Okon Thompson and 4 others,” the deceased’s son urged the province authorities to intervene and preserve the community from impending doom and wellness peril as the corpse was decomposing in the village.

The petition dated September 27, 2021 signed by the deceased’s son and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Thur, stated that urgent steps should be taken to avoid epidemic in the community piece the culprits should be brought to book.

Bassey explained that all the perpetrators of the offense could be identified as they are residents in the village.

“Akifa together with me were able to place the persons desecrating the remains of tardily Aniefiok Bassey, firing gunshots into the air and eventually dumped the corpse by a bush rails and covered the grave.”

When contacted, the constabulary Public Relations Officer in the Province, SP Odiko Macdon, confirmed the incident and explained that the decomposing corpse has been recovered and deposited at the morgue.

Macdon, who said one of the suspects has been arrested, famous that the corpse was really buried in a solid ground in dispute before its exhumation and has nil to do with inability to pay a fine.

His words, “The incident occurred in Usung Atiat village in OrukAnam LGA. Really, the body was exhumed and the constabulary have recovered the corpse and deposited same at the morgue. There was a solid ground dispute concerning the bereaved and the other political party said the deceased should not be buried in the disputed solid ground . They went and exhumed the corpse after burial .

“At present, the matter is with the Province CID in the province constabulary as the commissioner of constabulary has ordered a discreet investigation into the matter. One individual has been arrested piece others are at big . The constabulary are trailing other suspects to ensure that they are brought to book,” the PPRO said.

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