- Relatives of one Patrick Imongiere reportedly disrupted his service of song
- They were said to have chased mourners away from the venue of the ceremony
- The deceased's widow said that the relatives wanted her husband to be buried in the village against the deceased's last wish
Mourners were reportedly chased away from the venue of the service of song for the late assistant manager, corporate affairs, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Patrick Imongiere, on Thursday, June 21.
Punch reports that the relatives of the deceased disrupted the ceremony and chased mourners away, but policemen from the Elemoro division were invited to the scene and the alleged intruders were eventually taken away.
NAIJ.com notes that the deceased's 48-year-old widow, Magadelene, said: “My husband and I were married for 25 years. During the time, we had three boys. We are both from Edo state. He had a brief illness and died on June 12. He was 52 years old.
“After his death, I called his relatives to break the news to them. They said I should bring his dead body to the village and come with all the children.
“My son told them that his father before his death instructed us to bury him in Lagos and he specifically warned that he should not be taken to the village. But they insisted that we must bring the corpse to the village.
“Yesterday (Thursday) was his service of song. They came and disrupted the programme, saying they want to take us to the village by force. They drove everybody away from the service of songs before the police came. They said it was their tradition.
“They are doing all these because of his property. They said they are aware that their brother had four houses and cars and it was not only his children that would take those things.”
The deceased’s second son, Newton, said: “One of my uncles, Monday, is trying to take my mum to the village so that the elders will tell her to marry him. The last time I visited the village was about 12 to 15 years ago. Our father did not take us to the village. About three days to his death, he called us and said in the event that he died, we should not take him to the village.
“When he died, they did not come. It was one of them that we had not seen for over 20 years that came to the house. Some of them went home, while others went to where we were having the service of songs to disrupt it."
According to the director, Office of Public Defender (OPD), Yinka Adeyemi, the state government would defend. She said that the deceased was later buried under tight security.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the family of late Confidence Nwanma, who was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Saliu Ladayo, during a fight, insisted that he must marry the corpse of the girl in a full traditional wedding according to traditions.
Ladayo, who is already in police net, allegedly confessed to killing Nwanma during a fight between them in his home in Oshinle area of Akure, the Ondo state capital.
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