Anambra man ‘buried alive’ resurfaces at police HQ
Mr Olisa Igbonwa, an Anambra man from Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, Anambra State, who was said to have been buried alive, has reappeared at the Awka police headquarters.
On Wednesday, Igbonwa, a relative of Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, visited the Anambra State Police Command in Awka and said that he was alive and not buried alive by his relatives as had been reported.
According to a viral video, one Chief Olisa Igbonwa was buried alive by the elders of the community in Alor, Anambra State.
According to the video, the elders of the village convened and decided to bury and lament Igbonwa alive for claiming the title of ‘Ichie Ngene’ on his own in the community.
Igbonwa was accused of taking the chieftaincy title of Ichie Ngene, a choice the community thought was outside of his rights, resulting to a fake funeral by the village’s elders.
Rumors have circulated that Igbonwa was buried in a forest after being carried around the village by the elders in a coffin.
Regardless of the fear of being buried alive, Igbonwa, who was in the office of the Anambra Police Public Relations Officer, said that he is not only alive but would complete the taking of the Ichie title.
According to him, he was given a chieftaincy title by HRM Igwe Alor, but was forced to abandon it within 30 days or face terrible repercussions by one Mr Uzoma Igbonwa and others.
In a statement issued by the police spokesman, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, the police proclaimed the publication and video clip to be false and deceptive.
It said, “The attention of Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to a trending video clip and online publication credited to one Ifeoma Okeke of Umunna TV that one Chief Olisa Igbonwa was buried alive in Alor, Anambra State by the elders of Okebunoye village, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State and that the elders met and took a decision to bury and mourn Mr Igbonwa alive for taking ‘Ichie Ngene’ title by himself in the community.
“The publication is not only false but also misleading. The Command wishes to state that Olisa Igbonwa is alive and was never buried alive as alleged in the publication.
“Consequently, the Command received a formal complaint from one chief Olisa Igbonwa that he received a chieftaincy title from HRM Igwe Alor but was threatened by one Mr Uzoma Igbonwa and others to renounce the chieftaincy title within 30days or he will face dare consequences.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP Echeng Echeng has ordered for discreet investigation into the matter and to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident in order to bring perpetrators to book.”
The statement added that the CP urged members of the public, especially the press to always cross-check their facts before publication in order not to mislead the public.
“Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing and further details shall be communicated please,” it added.