COVID-19: Anger in Rivers over burial of revered King without traditional rites.

There is anger in Akpor kingdom, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State over the alleged burial of the Paramount Ruler of Akpor Kingdom, Eze ANELE ORLU-ORIEBE, Nye-Wey Ali Akpor Kingdom at Port Harcourt Cemetery on the order of Governor Nyesom Wike.
The traditional ruler died on the 15th of June 2020 at the military hospital.

Sources within the kingdom told our reporter that the revered traditional ruler was buried at the Port Harcourt cemetery on Saturday after his death was linked to Coronavirus.

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control guidelines stipulates that persons who died of the coronavirus pandemic would not be handed over to their families for burial.

The traditional ruler, under normal circumstances, would be buried with full traditional rites as enshrined in the culture of the kingdom.

However, the decision of the government to bury him without the necessary traditional rites has angered his subjects who claimed the governor took the approach because he and the late traditional ruler were not in good moods.

The sources alleged that governor Nyesom Wike personally led the operation with personnel of the Department of State Security, DSS, to evacuate his corpse from Military Hospital, Port Harcourt to the cemetery for burial.

The sources claimed that the Traditional beads which the Nye-Wey Ali would have transferred to his successor were not removed from the late King as he was buried together with it.

When contacted, the commissioner for information and communication, Paulinus Nsirim did not respond to inquiries for comments.

Meanwhile,a representative of the kingdom who did not want his name mentioned told Portharcourthawties Blog that the kingdom would make its position known on Monday.