Published On: Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017

Why we rejected corpse of civil servant struck dead by thunderstorm—Cemetery Management

 

The management of llorin Muslim Cemetery on Friday rejected for burial the corpse of a 47-year-old civil servant, Mr Salami Adekunle who was killed by thunderstorm.

Adekunle was killed by lightening in Oro, lrepodun Local Government Area, Kwara State.

The deceased, who hailed from lnisa in Osun State, was until his death an official of the Registry Department at Kwara State College of Education, Oro.

Dr. Abubakar Aliagan, the Coordinator of the cemetery, said the rejection Mr. Salami Adekunle’s corpse followed an instruction that it should not undergo the normal Islamic prayers and bath.

Aliagan said while the deceased was described as a practising Muslim in his life time, the Muslims in his neighbourhood 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 cemetery must also be in line with Islamic tenets.

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“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 dead by lightening during a downpour.

The deceased, who hailed from lnisa in Osun State, was until his death an official of the Registry Department at Kwara State College of Education, Oro.

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

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