The burial of the late Nneoha Ngozi Rose Onyioha Nee Nwosa, the wife of the legendary Prophet Chief KOK Onyioha, which was scheduled in Nkporo Comprehensive Secondary School in Ohafia LGA of Abia State today, Thursday, December 23, 2023 was allegedly disrupted by a faction of her children who insisted that they had a court injunction to stop the burial on Thursday, December 23, 2023.
Aged 91, Chief (Mrs) Ngozi Rose Onyioha, together with her husband, late Prophet (Chief) KOK Onyioha, was a renowned activist during the colonial era and after Nigeria’s Independence.
Our competent source revealed that late children of Prophet KOK Onyioha, the spiritual head of the Godian Religion who are opposed to the burial of their mother on that date are led by Mrs Oby Onyioha-Perse, the first daughter and Onu Onyioha, the first son. Reports said they allegedly took some armed thugs to Nkporo, destroying tents, canopies and music sets of an Umuahia-based event handler, Abomak.
It was a bizarre scene Wednesday night as people who had come for the wake-keeping of the nonagenarian scampered for safety to avoid being killed or harmed.
Trouble started when the two elderly children of the late KOK Onyioha, leading the others two, obtained a court injunction stopping the burial on December 23 until a Will they claimed was written by their mother barring some of her children from seeing her corpse was read.
But Ngozi Onyioha insisted that their mother in her 90th birthday reconciled the family and brought peace amongst her nine surviving children, pointing out that there was no need to seek and produce a Will to bar any of her children from participating in her burial.
But the other faction went to court and obtained an injunction stopping her burial on December 23. Ngozi, with the assistance of the others, reportedly vacated the Order some days to the scheduled date, giving impetus to their decision to go ahead with the burial as planned.
Oby, Onu and others in their camp, except one, live abroad and weren’t in Umuahia when their mother died. They reportedly came back some weeks ago to demand for the mortuary tag of their mother and were told that the production of the tag wasn’t a problem, adding that it will be released on the day of burial.
Infuriated by the refusal to hand the tag to them, they reportedly headed to Nkporo, to physically stop people from venturing into arena and used the opportunity to tell people that the burial was not holding.
Reports said they later brought in some thugs who inflicted injuries on the early callers to the venue.
However, on learning about the bizarre act in Umuahia Wednesday night, the other children decided to conduct the funeral service in their resident at Macaulay Street, Umuahia on Thursday, December 23.
Ironically, as they were finishing the service conducted by some clergies from the Godian Region, the Nkporo party arrived and took the corpse away to an unknown destination apparently to redeposit it in the mortuary.
“It’s sacrilegious”, said a bystander, but one of the children declared, “Nneoha has been buried; they can do whatever they want do with her corpse; we’ve successfully buried our mother. It’s as simple as that”.
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