The funeral rites of late Lawrence Ufomadu, of Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State were stalled for a moment on Thursday after mourners of the deceased engaged in a social misconduct. This led to the detention of the corpse by the police in the area.
PUNCH reports that trouble started when one of the vehicles in the motorcade conveying the corpse of the deceased hit a commercial tricycle operator around Umuaya by Bende road in Umuahia.
An eeyewitness said when the tricycle operator came out to check what happened, some angry mourners attacked him and inflicted a deep cut on his head with a broken bottle.
According to the eyewitness,
“But for the intervention of onlookers, the mourners would have killed the tricycle operator the way they fought him. Most of the youths in the motorcade were holding bottles of alcoholic drink; so it seemed they were acting under the influence.”
The led to a fray which drew the attention of a standby police patrol team which quickly intervened and ordered that both parties be taken to the nearby Rail Police Station.
The matter was later transferred to the Central Police Station, Umuahia for further investigation, especially to ascertain the circumstance leading to the attack on the tricycle operator.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ogbonaya Nta confirmed the incident.
Nta, however, pointed out that the corpse had been released for burial while those involved in the act of assault were still in detention.