A Facebook user, Otuboh Godwin has narrated how the corpses of a man and his wife have been abandoned for over five days, over land dispute in Ikot Uduak, Calabar.
According to Godwin, following the couple’s death, the village head stepped in to claim ownership of their land, insisting that the deceased couple do not belong to the community.
According to the people living in the Community, the Children of the deceased have brought out the corpses of their Mother and Father out of the mortuary last Friday, November 8, to be buried on Saturday (the next day), but they were stopped by the Village Head.
Further investigation revealed that the Village Head wants to sell the land as she had already done so by selling a small portion which has been used to build a pharmacy – a situation the entire community is against. She claimed the deceased are not from the community, but the children to the deceased said their father bought the land and they have the document at hand.
According to the deceased son, Bassey Okon Edet, “That is my Father and Mother’s corpses and the compound is where my grandfather bought and later transferred to my father, Ekpe Okon Effiom. We have the agreement and documents of the land.
“The Village Head, Efio-Awan Asibong, that lives close to our compound wanted to sell our land. My father lived there and gave birth to 11 children (10 male and one female) and we’d lived here for many years and also given birth to children.”
“When my father died, all of a sudden, Asibong said she wants to take over the compound and she’d sold part of the land to someone who had already built a pharmacy. Now, we wanted to bury my parents, the woman (Asibong) said we shouldn’t bury them, stating that we are not from here.
“We sought help from the community leaders and the Police who said we have to bury my parents in that compound, but the Village Head insisted that we can’t bury our parents because they are not from here. She said her mother gave my father the land for free, but it was a lie because the document that my father bought the land is there. The land document was wrote and signed in 1954.