The Umuhuali community in Isheilu area of Ebonyi state, are in deep shock as a young man, 29, died mysteriously while digging the grave of an elderly woman.

It was reported that the man died inside the grave he was digging. The incident occurred in Onunwankwo village, Umuhuali community in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state. A member of the Youth Assembly in the area, Mr Nonso Ekuma, said the deceased hailed from Azuegu village and participated in all the burial activities of the deceased woman, Madam Alioke Mgbanya.

Ekuma said “At dawn, Ifeanyi Nwafor participated in the digging of the grave for the burial of the old woman, and that was where he met his death. Nwafor had participated in the drinking episode of the wake keep till dawn, when they began to prepare the grave before the arrival of the Parish priest to bury the dead woman. When Nwafor got into the grave with a digger, he dug two times and on the third round could not bring down the digger, but slumped and died inside the grave.

The man added that, all efforts of sympathizers including warming his feet with fire to see if he could be revived proved abortive. Nwafor has since been buried in his own grave on Saturday, March, 25, at the Azuegu village Umuhuali. Nwafor was a driver and he survived by a wife and two children. May his soul rest in peace.