The secret burial of Nwkuda Nwachi, who was allegedly murdered last year following a leadership tussle, has openedignited fresh crisis in Igbeagu autonomous community in Izzi local government, Ebonyi State.

Some members of the community have insisted that the election which was the bone of contention be conducted before the burial of late Nwkuda.

Whereas members of the deceased family had argued that it was agreed when the matter was withdrawn from court that the burial should first take place.

But some community members connived and proceeded to bury Nwkuda secretly, a situation which has opened another chapter of crisis in the area.

A resident in the community, Gabriel Nwonu, debunked the claim of Nwkuda’s family that it was agreed that he (Nwkuda) should be buried first before the village leadership election holds.

According to him, it was risky for them to meddle into murder cases and insisted on the conduct of election as provided for in article 18 of Igbeagu Development Union (IDU) Constitution.

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However, the traditional ruler of Igbeagu autonomous community, His Royal Highness, Eze M.O.U Ukwa said the alleged killers of Nwkuda connived to organize a secret burial because they were afraid of the burial rituals.

“We agreed that it will be a community burial because the community agreed to bankroll the burial. We said it will undertake the payment of the mortuary bill, wrapper and casket, while the family said they will provide cow.

“After the arrangement, the appellants came and said that the election should come first. I know why they came up with that resolution.

“They are afraid that if the community should bury the victim, that I will perform traditional rite which involves giving the deceased torchlight, cutlass and stick in the casket for the deceased to find his killers.

“They are afraid of such rites to be performed on him because the deceased will not spare his killers.

“We gathered that penultimate Saturday, they used motorcycle to carry the corpse and secretly buried him without our consent”, he disclosed.

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