The Anambra State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare has intervened in the case of a widow whose In-laws plan to bury her late husband inside a forest.
In a petition written to the Commissioner, the widow Mrs Amarachi Anakor alleged that her late husband’s father and brother, Obi Anakor and Vincent Anakor, had refused to allow her to bury her late husband in their compound, insisting they would bury him in a forest.
“I’m a native of Ifitedunu in Dunukofia Local Government Area and my late husband, Chike Anakor, is from Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area. My in-laws were the first people I notified when my husband died but I was shocked when they told me that my husband was stripped of his rights when he was alive, hence he will not be buried in the compound,” she said
Upon receiving the petition, the Commissioner said she invited the families and kinsmen for a meeting.
“At the meeting, the Anakor family were given seven days to fix a date for the burial of the late Chike Anakor but their representative, Vincent Anakor, disagreed with the resolution. The Ministry with the support of their kinsmen from Umuosegbu kindred in Ajakpani, Umunya, led by Mr Chukwujekwu Olie, have fixed today Nov. 10 for the burial,” she said.
Obinabo said that Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration had zero tolerance for any form of inhumane act and injustice against women and called on the parties to embrace peace and bury the dead appropriately.