The people of Eziowelle community in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State have protested the high cost of burial in the area.
Some stakeholders in the community led by Chief Felix Okafor and Emeka Akukwe yesterday at press conference in Awka, Anambra State capital alleged that the current leadership of the town had upon coming to the saddle about three years ago imposed a burial levy of N1m on every bereaved family in the area before they could commence the funeral arrangements of their loved ones.
They said the situation had made them to leave their loved ones in mortuaries for months because they could not afford to bury them following high burial levy imposed on them by the town union leadership of the area.
They said, “As a result of this many families have abandoned their loved ones in the morgues for months because they are finding the costs too high.
“So they have to leave them in hospital mortuary refrigerators until they can work out how to pay for the levy.
“The same way if you have to start the foundation of your house in Eziowelle you will have to first pay a levy of N1m to the town union before you can start.
“Failure to do so, the town union leadership would mobilise thugs to attack you. This is the type of yoke we are passing through in Eziowelle community.
Akukwe stated that it was because of some of these anomalies that forced him to contest for the president-general of the town during the June 30 town union election in the area to liberate his people from what he called bondage.
He said the election was rigged by anti-democratic forces in town who he alleged manipulated the electoral processes in their favour.
He said,” I’m a geologist by training and a consultant in the field. Ordinarily I won’t have anything to do with a community town union election; but I had to come in because of the bondage my people are subjected to. They are subjected to all manner of intimidation and dehumanisation.
“So, some of us had to intervene to save our community because Eziowelle is a peace-loving and progressive community.
“In that election they used all manner of intrigues, intimidation and manipulation of the constitution to subvert the people’s wish and and aspirations.
He called on the state governor, Willie Obiano, to intervene to give the people of the area the leadership they desired to save the community from imminent crisis.
Meanwhile, efforts to get the President General of the community, Mr. Titus Akpudo on the telephone for his reaction was not successful as his phone continued to ring switched off.
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