An Anambra woman, simply named Mrs Chioma Asomugha has raised alarm after her in-laws reportedly forced her to drink water used in bathing her late husband’s corpse
Chioma, 34, who’s from Ubahuekem in Ihiala area of Anambra confirmed the report in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Awka.
According to the mother of four, alleged that the brother of her late husband, Charles, insisted that she must drink the water to prove that she was not guilty for her husband’s death, but that she would not do that.
Chioma said that she and her late husband lived peacefully in Ojo area of Lagos before his death.“I have four children with my late husband and we lived at Ajangbadi, Ojo area of Lagos before his demise.“The burial is fixed for Monday June 14, but since we came home for the burial, the relatives of my husband forced me out of my matrimonial home.“They insisted that before I will be allowed to come in that I will drink the water used in bathing my late husband’s corpse,”
Chioma said she took the matter to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Awka as well as her Oraifite people to resolve the matter. Mrs Laura Ugwuanyi, Coordinator of NHRC in Anambra, affirmed the report, terming it as offensive. She said efforts made to handle the matter did not yield positive results as the family members were not cooperating.Chief Gerald Nnabugwu, a community chief in the area, told NAN that the leadership of the community was looking into the matter.