Ilorin, Nigeria. Sept 23: 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.
47-year-old civil servant, Salami Adekunle, was on Thursday struck to death by lightning in Oro, Kwara. The deceased was until his demise a staff of the Registry Department of the College of Education, Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.
The deceased was said to be leaving the institution’s examination office for the Registry Department at about 10 a.m. when the incident happened during a downpour.
The lifeless body of the deceased, who hailed from Ilesa in Osun was sighted lying at the spot of the incident preparatory to spiritual cleansing. Mr Adesola Adewoye, the institution’s Public Relation Officer, who confirmed the incident, said that all efforts to rescue the deceased proved abortive.
“The staff and management swung into action immediately the deceased was struck, but all our efforts to resuscitate him proved abortive,’’ he said.
Photo: Lightning strike
He described the deceased as an easy going, loyal and dedicated staff who will stop at nothing to impress his employer. “Our prayer is for God to give the family, friends and associate the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.
A correspondent, who visited the scene of the incident, reports that staff of the institution were seen in group discussing the development. Some traditional religion worshippers were said to have later performed some rites on the corpse of the deceased before it was taken away for burial to the cemetary that rejected his corpse.