Saturday, July 30, 2011
Rev Father Flogged Over Burial Rites!
Well... nine persons from Umudioka village in Awka, Anambra State were yesterday arraigned before an Awka chief magistrate court on a 10 –count charge of flogging and beating up the administrator of St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Awka, Reverend Father Patrick Chukwuma and a community leader, Major Christopher Nwole (rtd), among others, following a disagreement over the dust to dust ritual during the burial ceremony of one Raphael Nwako who died early this year.
The Church and some people in the community have been having a face – off over the age –long ritual of widows putting sand in the grave of the their late husbands during burials and the disagreement climaxed in March this year when the villagers allegedly prevented the Reverend Father who was presiding at a burial ceremony from allowing the widow of the late Nwole to perform the ritual for her late husband.
Among the charges were that the accused persons assaulted, flogged and snatched the shovel from the Reverend Father when he tried to hand the shovel over to the wife of the deceased to perform the dust to dust ceremony and allegedly used canes on him and other people, including the retired Army Major who supported the position of the Church on the matter.