Ibom Govt. orders body of makeup artist exhumed for proper burial

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Ibom Govt. orders body of makeup artist exhumed for proper burial


The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Umo Eno, has given a directive for the body of Abigail Frederick, the makeup artist who tragically passed away with Nollywood actor, Junior Pope and three others on April 10, to be brought back to the state for a proper burial.

It’s a heartfelt decision to ensure that Abigail receive the respectful farewell she deserves in her hometown.

Late Abigail Frederick

Recall that Abigail’s body was discovered on Thursday, April 11, and unfortunately, it was reportedly buried at the bank of the river.

According to allegations, the villagers insisted on this location as her family members had not performed a sacrifice to appease the river goddess before they could take her body away from the river.

It’s a situation where cultural beliefs and practices intersect with the tragic circumstances surrounding Abigail’s passing.

However, in a statement on Saturday, signed by Ekerete Udoh, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, he directed that her body be exhumed and brought back home for proper burial.

The statement read,  “His Excellency, Pastor Umo Eno, Governor, Akwa Ibom State, is aware of the tragic boat mishap, which occurred a few days ago, on River Nigeria, involving some Nollywood actors and other supporting crew members while on a trip to a movie location.

”One of the victims of that accident, Ms. Abigael Edith Frederick, was a quintessential example of our young people who have harkened to our clarion call for them to Arise and shine. 

”She was a 24 years old  graduate of Theatre Arts, who had found her passion as a make- up artiste.

“We are deeply saddened by her painful passing and on behalf of the Government and people of AKwa Ibom State, we sympathize with her family, the Nollywood community and her friends and colleagues over this sad loss.

“We have also followed and read the reportage, especially on the social media platforms surrounding her burial and wish to state categorically that, government was not informed of the circumstances that led to her burial.

”His Excellency, Governor Umo Eno,  has consequently directed that her body be brought back to her family for a proper and decent burial.

“As the famous theme song of the Liverpool Football Club  goes, the bereaved family will not “walk alone”. 

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