The management of Ilorin Muslim Cemetery says it will not accept the corpse of Salami Adekunle, a 47-year-old civil servant who was killed by lightning in Oro.
NAN reports that Adekunle was struck by lightning during a downpour on Thursday in Oro, Irepodun local government area of Kwara state.
Abubakar Aliagan, coordinator in charge of the cemetery, told NAN in an interview that 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 islamic rites.”
The deceased, who hails from lnisa in Osun state, was until his death a staff of the registry department at the Kwara State College of Education, Oro.
Adesola Adewoye, public relations officer of the institution, said the family of the deceased would meet and decide on the next line of action to take on the burial arrangement.