It was a show of shame yesterday, which left not a few people shocked at the burial of the late Dr Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo, the first son of former civilian governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo, scheduled to hold yesterday in Enugu State, as the deceased’s corpse was nowhere to be found.
The younger Nwobodo died on November 16 of cancer.
Leadership Weekend reports that two younger brothers of the deceased (Chukwudi and Uso) kept the corpse away from the reach of anybody when it became apparent that their father was adamant on interring the remains of his first son within the compound of a new bungalow he built in his honour.
It was also gathered that Chukwudi and Uso, Jim’s surviving two sons from Mukosolu, his first wife, argued that if their elder brother was buried outside their father’s expansive house at Amaechi Awkunanaw, they could be denied the right to inherit the family house.
After waiting and following unsuccessful attempts to broker peace between the former governor and his two sons, several dignitaries including the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Gil Nnaji, Dr Nnia Nwodo and former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, left the venue of the burial disappointed.
It was gathered that before yesterday’s embarrassing incident, concerned elders of Amaechi Awkunanaw community had pleaded with the Nwobodos to resolve their differences amicably to no avail.
When Chief Nwobodo reportedly concluded plans to bury his late son outside the family compound to the disapproval of his two other sons, they secretly drove to the mortuary and removed the corpse of their late elder brother to an unknown place.