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Imo, Abia fight over ex-governor’s burial

By  Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—A big face-off is brewing between Abia and Imo states over the burial of the late former Governor of Old Imo State, Commodore Amadi Ikwechegh (rtd), who will be laid to rest on Friday, 17 December 2009 at his native home, Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

Already, Abia State has accused Imo State, where the late Ikwechegh served last, of not showing any interest in the burial arrangement of the former military Governor.

Abia State said that for now, only the state and the family of Ikwechegh were handling the burial plans, as both Imo and Ebonyi states have refused to be part of the programme, even when they were said to be properly informed.

Briefing journalists in Umuahia, the burial committee set up by Abia State government alleged that both the family of the former Governor and Governor Theodore Orji wrote to Imo and Ebonyi state governments when the burial date was agreed with the family. Ohaneze Ndigbo as well as other South East states were written.

According to Mr. Ogbonnaya Ogwo, the secretary of the burial committee, at a briefing in the company of other committee members, the family first wrote when the man died and the Governor also wrote to the states when the burial date was fixed.

According to the burial arrangement, the progogramme will cut across the late former Governor’s home in Port Harcourt, and will also include Owerri and Umuahia before his Igbere village.


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