Corpse Exhumed As Family Fails Perform Burial Rites To The Village Council

Corpse Exhumed As Family Fails Perform Burial Rites To The Village Council

The family of Late Aniefiok Daniel Bassey, of Usung Itiat village in Akwa Ibom State’s Oruk Anam LGA, has petitioned the police after the local council chairman reportedly ordered the exhumation of his body due to the family’s inability to give certain things as required by custom.

The dead died on July 23, 2021, at the age of 61, and was buried on September 25, 2021, according to information obtained. However, at approximately 8 p.m., the village council chairman, Chief Aniedu Okon Thompson, and four others exhumed the late man’s bones from his tomb.

According to a petition submitted by the deceased’s relative, Uduak Effiong Bassey, before the burial, Chief Thompson requested one goat, five tubers of yam, a jar of palmwine, one crate of mineral, and one carton of beer, among other things.

According to Uduak Bassey, Chief Thompson stated in a letter dated September 26 that the things must be supplied as a condition before the remains of Late Aniefiok Daniel Bassey may be interred.

The dead was charged by the village council chairman of performing a “abominable deed,” which resulted in the Council excluding him from village activities. He allegedly further threatened the family that there would be no funeral if his demands were not met.

Effiong stated that, despite his fears that the burial would be interrupted due to Chief Thompson’s reported threats, the deceased was buried peacefully.

“I was startled to watch Chief Thompson and others exhuming the body of late Anieflok Bassey from his grave, blasting gn shts into the air, and ultimately deposited the corpse along a bush trail and filled the grave,” he claimed.

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