How Sad: Youths Protest At The Funeral Of 31-Year-Old Musician In Imo...

How Sad: Youths Protest At The Funeral Of 31-Year-Old Musician In Imo (PHOTOS)

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Today, March 8, 2014 is a sad day in the otherwise peaceful community of Mgbee in Orlu Local Government of Imo State.

31-year-old musician Onunaka Asika aka Shalla passed away on December 8, 2013 after complaining of a sudden chest pain, while on a church trip. He was rushed to the hospital and gave up the ghost soon after.

This morning, Saturday March 8, 2014, ahead of the burial of the deceased, his father, Chief Linus Asika who is prime minister of Mgbee and elder brother of the late musician, Uchenna Asika refused to come out of their story building to receive the youths who had brought the corpse from the mortuary for burial in his father’s compound.

This action led to protest at the Asika compound, youths from the community and neighbouring communities gathered and threatened to pull down the house of the prime minister if he and his eldest son, Uchenna did not come out to receive them.

“We had gone to make our findings, and the oracle says that Uchenna is responsible for the death of his brother, Onunuka,” one of the youth leaders who did not want to be named told The Trent’s correspondent. ”And the oracle says that their father, our prime minister is aware of Uchenna’s wickedness.”

”We must rid our land of this wickedness!”, ”Come out and answer!”, some of the angry youths chanted.

Eventually, elders prevailed on the youths to keep the peace and allow the burial of Onunaka, who until his death was a trumpheter working with Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Orlu, to proceed.

The accused elder brother, Uchenna Asika, did not come out of the house, perhaps in fear of being lynched by the youth, and did not witness his late brother’s burial.

The late Onunaka Asika leaves behind his father and mother, three brothers, two sisters, and a daughter.

MARCH 8, 2014: Youths bring in the corpse into the Prime Minister's compound from the mortuary  in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State (Photo Credit: Douglas Nwune/The Trent)
MARCH 8, 2014: Youths bring in the corpse into the Prime Minister’s compound from the mortuary in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State
MARCH 8, 2014: The youths become restive as the father of the deceased and his elder brother accused of being the killer refuse to come out and receive the youths and the corpse  in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State (Photo Credit: Douglas Nwune/The Trent)
MARCH 8, 2014: The youths become restive as the father of the deceased and his elder brother accused of being the killer refuse to come out and receive the youths and the corpse in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State
MARCH 8, 2014: The youths become restive as the father of the deceased and his elder brother accused of being the killer refuse to come out and receive the youths and the corpse  in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State (Photo Credit: Douglas Nwune/The Trent)
MARCH 8, 2014: The youths become restive as the father of the deceased and his elder brother accused of being the killer refuse to come out and receive the youths and the corpse in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State

 

Father of the deceased, Chief Linus Asika saying the last prayer of his late son, Onunaka at the graveside in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State (Photo Credit: Douglas Nwune/The Trent)
MARCH 8, 2014: Father of the deceased, Chief Linus Asika saying the last prayer for his late son, Onunaka at the graveside in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State
MARCH 8, 2014: Younger brother of the deceased, Isaiah Asika (centre) with the daughter of the deceased in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State (Photo Credit: Douglas Nwune/The Trent)
MARCH 8, 2014: Younger brother of the deceased, Isaiah Asika (centre) with the daughter of the deceased in Mgbee, Orlu LGA, Imo State

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