Nwobodo attacks children for
‘stealing’ deceased son’s body
DECEMBER 9, 2014 BY IHUOMA
Former Governor of the old
Anambra State, Senator Jim
Nwobodo, has said his children
from his former wife are not his
flesh and blood.
Nwobodo equally accused the two
surviving children from his first
marriage, Chukwudi and Nonso, of
stealing the corpse of their older
brother, the late Ifeanyichukwu
Nwobodo, who died recently after
battling with cancer.
Ifeanyichukwu’s burial, which was
scheduled to hold on Friday, was
aborted after Nwobodo and the
deceased’s siblings disagreed over
a burial site.
While the father insisted that the
body would be buried outside his
compound, the children
maintained that the grave must be
within the residence.
To compound the impasse
generated by the row,
Ifeanyichukwu’s corpse was not
available for burial – it was
gathered that his siblings relocated
the body from the mortuary to an
unknown destination, in order to
prevent it from being interred in a
grave dug within the compound of
a newly erected bungalow which
Nwobodo built after the son’s
Nwobodo broke his silence on the
matter while addressing journalists
at his house in Amechi, Awkunanaw,
Enugu, on Tuesday.
In an emotion-laden voice, the
former governor stated his own
side of the story.
He said, “This is not really a very
happy occasion for me – at my age, I
should be talking about peace and
not to get involved in something
“Ifeanyi was my first son and
unknown to us, myself and my wife,
his family hid him.
“When we got to know that he was
sick, we were very worried, we
made sure he was taken to the best
cancer hospital in the US.”
Continuing, he revealed that
trouble started soon after
“From the day he died, I started
planning for his burial. Because of
politics, I felt that I should bury him
before the primaries.
“Chukwudi and Nonso (Ifeanyi’s
siblings) came to see me here and I
told them that the burial will be in
two weeks time, that they should
come back so that we could plan for
“As I am talking, I have seen neither
Chukwudi nor Nonso till date.
“Their sister, who came back from
US and called me to say that she is
back, as I am talking to you, I have
not seen her.
“You start to wonder- what kind of
children are these?” he added.
He blamed his former wife for the
actions of Ifeanyichukwu’s siblings,
saying “it also depicts the character
of their mother and her children.”
The former governor emphasised
that he has only one wife, having
divorced his former wife.
“The press said I have two wives –
it is not true. I divorced her (former
wife) before I became governor. I
have the divorce papers, please
don’t refer to me as having two
wives. I am a decent man. I have
only one wife. Please save me the
trouble and embarrassment of
talking about matrimonial trouble,
the church will not wed me if I have
“The children through her (former
wife) cannot be said to have been
flesh and blood. I am stopping at
that – you know what I mean. A
child that is yours will not hurt you
like this, these children cannot be
my flesh and blood.
“My children love me. It is only
children that are not yours that will
seize their brother’s dead body. If
they can steal the dead body of
their brother, it is terrible,