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STAKEHOLDERS in Obosi kingdom in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state have placed an outright ban on funerals and ceremonial burials of indigenes who died in the process of committing criminal acts or who died in the prison custody while serving various jail terms, as a result of their involvement in the above stated criminal activities. In a circular to all the churches in the area, a copy of which was made available to newsmen yesterday, the stakeholders insisted that priests, pastors, prophets and other church leaders in the area should not perform funeral services or ceremonies for cultists, armed robbers, kidnappers or thieves who died committing nefarious acts. According to the circular signed by the traditional ruler of Obosi, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, any deceased who died a shameful and abominable death shall be buried quietly and unceremoniously without orations or tributes. Throwing more light on the development, a stakeholder in Obosi, Chief Okey Mgbemena, noted that the ban on performing funeral ceremonies for a deceased criminal in the area has been on from  time immemorial but that they were just reaffirming it for those who may have forgotten about it. Mgbemena who has the chieftaincy title of Uzzi Obosi, noted that the decision was collective and a long standing tradition in the area, adding that they were merely returning to an old system. He observed that people were gradually flouting the order and have been burying confirmed cultists and criminals, to the extent that such criminals are even feeling proud that they belong to secret cults, adding that with its re-enactment now, anybody found flouting the ban henceforth would be penalized appropriately. Also contributing to the development, the President-General of Obosi Development Union, ODU, Ikechukwu Madubosah hinted that his administration has so far integrated every one in the area to achieve peace and equity. Madubosah further noted that his administration has equally been putting much efforts to enlighten the youths on the need to remain disciplined and to understand that crime and violence do not pay any useful dividend, rather they lead to destruction.
culled from Vanguard news.

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