It was a sorry sight to behold as five white caskets containing the lifeless bodies of Madam Grcae and her daughters were brought into the sleepy rural community of Egbelu Nguru, Ngor Okpalaeke local council area of Imo State for burial.
The unfortunate victims mysteriously died May 31, this year, after consuming a local but very nutritious delicacy, Ugba (oil bean salad), prepared by the matriarch of the family, Grace Nwosu.
Those interred included Prophetess Grace Nwosu, Chinelo Nwosu (a 400 level studen of University of Nigeria, Nsukka), Chidera Nwosu, Njideka Nwosu, Chizitere Nwosu. The grand-children, Ijeoma and Amaka Frank were buried in their hometown, Mbieri, Mbaitoli local government area of the state.
Many people who were at the scene, were simply dumbfounded. Emotions ran very high. Tears flowed freely.
Others wailed uncontrollable, while a good number of sympathizers endlessly cursed those they claimed poisoned the oil bean salad, which killed Madam Grace Nwosu, her children.
The confused nature in the arena naturally forced members of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, who were conducting the requiem service to temporarily halt proceedings until some sanity was restored.
Senior Apostle John Afokalam, who delivered the homily cursed those who perpetrated the evil act. He further promised that they will never go unpunished, adding that their only saviour would be if they openly confessed their sin to God and before Egbelu Nguru people.
He admitted that the loss was colossal but enjoined the surviving members of the Nwosu family to face the distasteful event equanimity and faith in God.
“Death is not victory to the devil. Death is not victory to the perpetrators of evil. It is however advisable for evil doers to retrace their steps and turn to God or be prepared to face the full wrath of God”, Senior Apostle Afokalam said.
In a message, the Baba Aladura of the church, Dr. L. A. Onyeleonu, represented by the Secretary, Central Management Committee 8, Dr. Bassey Edem, said the church was shocked by the mystery surrounding the death of members of Nwosu family and others.
“The church is giving them a national burial to fully demonstrate that death can never be victory over the children of God”, Onyeleonu fumed.
Explaining the delay in burying the deceased members of the Nwosu family, Edem linked it to police investigation, adding that the church only got the go ahead signal from the Imo police boss, Mr. Mohammed Katsina at about 4pm the previous day and fixed the burial for Saturday, October 5, 2013.
The leadership and members of the National Association of Imo State Students, NAISS, University of Nigerian, Nsukka Chapter, were fully represented at the event. They expressed palpable anger over the loss of their colleague.
Speaking to journalists, the President of e body, Comrade Hilary Nwauzoije, vowed that they will not rest until the cause of the death of their colleague was unearthed and the perpetrators commensurately punished.