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Drama as Ilorin cemetery rejects corpse of civil servant killed by lightening

The management of  llorin Muslim  Cemetery, on Friday, rejected  the corpse of a 47-year-old civil servant, Mr. Salami Adekunle, who was  killed by lightening in Oro, lrepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.

Dr. Abubakar Aliagan, the Coordinator in charge of the cemetery, disclosed this  in an interview with newsmen in llorin.

According to him, the cemetery management unanimously rejected the burial of the deceased following an instruction that the corpse should not undergo the normal Islamic prayers and  bath.

Aliagan  said  while the  deceased was described as a practising Muslim  during his life time, Muslims in  his vicinity refused to accept that  his death was  an act of God.

He said the performance of traditional rituals on  Adekunle’s corpse after his death was   unacceptable to the management of the cemetery, adding that the burial of the deceased in the Muslim Cemetery must also be in line with Islamic tenets.

“If the late Salami will sleep in our Muslim cemetery, we have to do it in line with  lslamic rites,’’ Aliagan said.

Adekunle was on Thursday  struck to death by lightening during a downpour.

The deceased who hails from lnisa in Osun  was, until his death, a staff  of  the Registry Department at the Kwara College of Education,  Oro.

The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Adesola Adewoye, said the family of the deceased would meet  and decide on the next line of action to take on the burial arrangement.



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