… Defaulters to pay fine, face jail term
Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Governor Chukwuma Soludo-led Government in Anambra State, has restated its commitment to ensuring that laws regulating the conduct of burials and funeral are adhered to in the state.
The House of Assembly of Anambra State enacted the Anambra State Burial/Funeral Ceremonial Control Law on April 9, 2019.
A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu, during the weekend warned that any further violation of the law in the state would attract sanctions including imprisonment depending on the weight of the violation.
The Commissioner in the statement titled: “Anambra state burial law is still in force,” reminded indigenes that the law bans erection of bill board, deposition of corpse beyond two weeks in morgues, road blockage, open display of casket, among others.
It reads: “It has come to the attention of Government that the Burial Law of the State is only observed in the breach by Ndi-Anambra.
“Government hereby wishes to re-emphasise that the law is still in existence and applicable to burial and funeral ceremonies in Anambra State.
“The law states that the burial/funeral ceremonies of an indigenous deceased person should commence with the registration and payment of N1,500 Naira to the Town Union.
“No person shall erect any billboard, banner or posters of the deceased. Persons are allowed to erect only directional posts.
“No directional post shall be erected before seven days to the burial date and should be removed not later than seven days after the burial date.
“Any person who contravenes the provisions shall upon conviction pay a fine of N100,000 or go to jail for six months, or both.
“No person shall deposit a corpse in the mortuary beyond two months from the date of death. Any person who contravenes this shall pay a fine of N100,000 or serve an imprisonment term of six months, or both.”
The statement warned that no person is allowed to block a road for any burial except with permission from the appropriate Local Government Authority.
It also warned that no individual is permitted to publicly display a casket for the purpose of fabrication and sale in the State, and any person who contravenes is liable to pay a fine of N50,000 or go to jail for one month, or both.
“There shall be no second funeral rites after burial except in the case of legacy.
“There shall be no wake-keep of any kind for any deceased person in the State. All vigil-mass/service of songs/religious activity for the deceased prior to burial shall terminate latest by 9pm. There shall be no food, drink, live-band, cultural entertainers during and after any vigil-mass/service of songs/religious activity for the deceased.
“All Burial/Funeral ceremonies shall be for a day. Burial mass/services shall commence not later than 9am and shall not last for more than two hours.
“No preserved corpse shall be exposed for more than 30 minutes. Undertakers should not be more than six in number and there shall be no undertakers’ display during the burial ceremony.
“There shall be no burial on any local market day of every town in the State.
No Funeral Brochure shall be made except for the Order of Mass/Service.
“No person shall subject any relation of a deceased person to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of burial/funeral.
“The magistrate court shall, to the exclusion of any other court, have original jurisdiction over matters specified under the Anambra Burial Law.”