The founder of liberty Gospel church, Lady Helen ukpabio has been given 21 days by Court to release her father’s corpse for proper burial and settle their family dispute after choosing to withheld her father’s corpse who died since 2018 from family members for reasons only known to her.
The late chief Eseessien Akpabio died on the 2 of February 2018 in Calabar , cross River state and the corpse was immediately taken away by Lady Apostle Helen ukpabio the general overseer and founder of liberty Gospel church. She has since kept the corpse in her custody and has failed to release it to family for burial.
The family then went on to raise alarm over the refusal of Helen ukpabio to release their father’s corpse for burial.
According to Mr Henry Eseessien Akpabio, the only surving son of the late Chief Eseessien Akpabio, he said that ever since the demise of their father in 2018, his sister Helen ukpabio has since kept the corpse in her custody and has failed to release the corpse for proper burial, he also said that all efforts to reach out to his sister seems abortive as she has refuse to pick her calls or even see any family member.
Ukari/ibibio tradition had also written to her , pleading for her to release her father’s corpse for burial as it is against the tradition for a female child to bury the father when the surviving son is still alive. Asking her to release the corpse for proper burial process to be done, but still she bluntly refuse.
The crises between Helen ukpabio and her family started far back in 2011, 2012.
The court has stepped in to the case and has given Helen ukpabio 21 days to settle the dispute between her and her family and to release her father’s corpse which she has kept in her custody for 18 months, and to also come together as a family to agree on a date to bury the late Chief.
And these was revealed in the latest order release in court.