According to Mrs Asomugha, she lived peacefully with her late husband, Charles, at Ojo area of Lagos before he died.
She said, “We have four children. We lived at Ajangbadi, Ojo area of Lagos. The burial was fixed for Monday June 14, but since we came home for the burial, the relatives of my husband forced me out of my matrimonial home.
“They insisted that before I would be allowed to come in, that I would drink the water used in bathing his corpse.”
However, succour came her way on Friday as the Anambra State commissioner for social welfare, women and children’s affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, and her information and public enlightenment counterpart, Mr C-Don Adinuba, waded into the matter.
Lady Mezue, during a visit to the family, advised the family members to do away with such obnoxious practices and learn to forgive one another.
Mr Friday Asomugha, brother to the deceased, however, denied that the family compelled the widow to drink the bathwater of her husband’s corpse.
According to him, one of their relatives made such statement out of anger because the widow left behind their four children when she returned for the burial.
According to reports, the burial eventually went ahead without any problem.
In a speech, Mr C-Don Adinuba, a native of the community, called for the protection of the image of the community as well as the state by doing away with archaic and harmful practices capable of tarnishing the image of society.
The widow was presented with some food items during the visit.
Our correspondent reports that matter attracted the attention of the Catholic Church, International Federation of Women Lawyers, and the National Human Rights Commission.