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Anambra bans public display of caskets

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

This was contained in the law passed by the state House of Assembly on Thursday to control burial and funeral activities in the state.

By this law, all mortuary attendants are to report to the Ministry of Health on any corpse that has stayed beyond one month from the date it was deposited.

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

It further stipulated that all burial and funeral ceremonies of indigenous deceased persons in the state shall be registered with the town union of the deceased.

Also, the new law warned against blocking roads and streets during burial ceremonies.

It advised that this can only be done with permission from the appropriate Local Government Authority.

Reacting, the state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, in a terse message on Friday commended the assembly for the legislation.

He 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.”

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