Two communities, Isseke and Azia, located in the Ihiala Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State, have received a warning from a group of criminals regarding the conduct of burials in their respective areas. These criminals, reportedly armed gunmen, have issued a set of conditions that must be fulfilled before the communities can hold burials for their deceased members.
Isseke and Azia are known to have a prevalent presence of hoodlums with possible separatist affiliations. Over the weekend, these hoodlums mandated that burials should not be attended by more than 20 individuals, under the threat of potential attacks.
The residents of the two communities were informed that security forces would no longer be allowed within their vicinity. Additionally, those attending the burials were explicitly warned against being accompanied by security personnel for their own safety.
According to a source within the community, as reported by Daily Post, a recent burial took place without the presence of relatives, due to the fear of an attack by the gunmen. The source expressed the prevailing atmosphere of fear in the area, resulting in many people relocating to other regions.
The burial of a mother in this community had only 20 attendees, excluding in-laws, friends, and associates, as mandated by the criminals. The limitations imposed by these conditions have compelled families to relocate their gatherings to Onitsha, where they can entertain guests without the imposed restrictions. The situation in Anambra State is disheartening, and it has left the residents feeling trapped and vulnerable.