The government of Akwa Ibom State yesterday buried 430 people of age between 5 to 20 across the state. The corpse has been said to be abandoned by the owners for many years in government hospitals. The mass burial was carried out in about 5 local government areas of the State which include Eket, Oron, Ikot Abasi, Etina, and Ikono.
Speaking with the newsmen at one of the burial ground where about 100+ were buried at Eket was the commissioner of Health Dr. Ukpong told the newsmen that the government of the state decided to conduct the burial after giving a long period of grace for the owner of the said corpse to come for identification of their people and claim them but surprisingly nobody showed up.
The commissioner while speaking with the media also said most of the corps were abandoned in the mortuary for years and many are believe to be abandoned due to some traditional practice demand by the people in the villages before burying their people and since the cannot afford it they abandoned the corpse there for years. The commissioner also use the opportunity to charge those still doing such traditional demand before burials can be conducted to desist from it since the21st century practice does not encourage that, saying according to the norms of the world one is expected to be buried and gone for rest when he died and that makes the government of the state intervene in it to see that they are given a place to rest as the tradition demands.