A family has staged a funeral event in Bamenda without the remains of their child.
The funeral that took place last Saturday behind the PMI Nkwen neigbourhood in Bamenda turned unusual when the hundreds of mourners who showed up to lay the deceased to rest were told at the Bamenda Regional hospital mortuary that they will not have access to the remains of their brother and son unless there is an authorization from a state counsel. The many who had answered present were taken aback by the decision of the hospital and had to try several options to get the remains away for interment but all failed.

Coming at the time a wake keep had taken place and a funeral mass planned, the family and other mourners who answered present just had to leave the mortuary in disbelieve with the corpse. As already planned, the mourners simply went to Saint Parish Church Bayelle where the requiem was said with the picture of the deceased. Eating and drinking later continued in the family compound since everything was already planned for a funeral.
Talking to a close family member, it emerged that the deceased was one of two persons shot recently around mile four Nkwen in a taxi. Though we could not get a legal justification as to why it needed a state counsel to authorize the family to take away their son for burial, the family source expressed frustration as to the decision. “You will not imagine that the taxi driver who was shot together with our son has been buried. He was kept in Akum and removed from there for burial. Why is our own like this? If I knew we would have not kept him in the government hospital. They say they want to do investigation. What investigation to know that he was shot at mile four? It’s a shame.”
As to the immediate plans, still in anger the source said there was no immediate plan but added “If wonna want chop the corpse.”  

Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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