The family of a girl, Confidence Nwanma, allegedly killed by her boyfriend has declared that the killer boyfriend must marry the corpse of the deceased in line with the tradition of the family.
Nwanma was stabbed to death sometime last week by her boyfriend, Saliu Ladayo at Oshinle area of Akure, the Ondo State capital following a disagreement that ensued between them.
The deceased’s father, Mr. Jude Nwanma, who spoke with journalists in the state at their residence at Oke Aro, Akure, said the traditional rites must be performed in their hometown in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State before burying the late daughter.
Nwanma explained that failure to perform the traditional rites would bring calamity to the family of Ladayo.
He said, “In our place, it is mandatory that the man must marry the corpse of our daughter killed in cold blood. We must perform the normal traditional rites by taking the corpse to our village where the marriage would take place.
“It is mandatory that he pays everything in double the normal. He would perform all the traditional rites before our family would let him go. This is because, without this traditional rites, every young person from the family of the boy would never get to the age of our daughter, but must die a sudden death just like our daughter.
“This is not our making, it is the tradition of our ancestors even before we were born. Our people all over the world are waiting for the court judgment. Any way it goes, the boy must perform the marital rites of our daughter’s corpse before anything.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph confirming the incident said the suspect would soon appear in court.
According to the PPRO, “The suspect was asking the girl to date him which she refused. The suspect claimed that the deceased embarrassed him publicly which infuriated him, and he stabbed her, leading to her death.
“The suspect has been arrested and the police would soon charge him to court after investigation.”