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Anambra Govt bans public display of caskets, keeping corpse in mortuary beyond 2 months

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The Anambra State Government has banned the public display of caskets for fabrication and sale in the state.

The government also outlawed deposition of corpses in the mortuary or any other place beyond two months from the date of death.

This follows a law enacted by the Anambra State House of Assembly to control burial and funeral ceremonies in the state.

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According to the new law, all mortuary attendants are to report to the Ministry of Health if any corpse stays beyond one month from the date it was deposited.

It warned that any person who contravenes the provisions will be fined N100,000, or face six months imprisonment, or both.

Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo, who commended the Assembly for the legislation, said: “Anambra Burial Law is a very progressive law to remove the burden and pressure on the poor as well as liberate women from oppressive practices during burials.

“We celebrate “befitting living” and only a decent funeral.”

In addition, the new law warned against blocking roads and streets during burial ceremonies, advising that such could only be done with permission from the appropriate local government authority.


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