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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