Family forces boyfriend to marry dead girlfriend’s corpse

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The family of late Confidence Nwanma, who was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Saliu Ladayo, during a fight, has insisted that he must marry the corpse of the girl in a full traditional wedding according to traditions.

Ladayo, who is already in police net, allegedly confessed to killing Nwanma during a fight between them in his home in Oshinle area of Akure, the Ondo state, Punch reports. The deceased father, Jude Nwanma, while speaking to the press at his residence at Oke Aro, Akure, said Ladayo must take the girl’s body to their home town in the Oru East local government area of Imo state to marry her before she can be buried.

He said: “In our place, it is mandatory that the man must marry the corpse of our daughter. We must observe the custom by taking the corpse to our village where the marriage would take place. It is mandatory that he pays the dowry in double because he brought our daughter dead for marriage.

“He would observe all the dictates of the custom before our family would let him go. Without this, every young person from the family of the man will never get to the age of our daughter. They will die a sudden death just like our daughter. ”This is not our making; it is the way our ancestors put it down even before we were born. Our people all over the world are waiting for the court judgment. Whichever way it goes, the boy must perform the marital rite to our daughter’s corpse.”

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