Lightning kills Kwara State civil servant; cemetery rejects his corpse
A 47-year-old civil servant, Salami Adekunle, was on Thursday struck to death by lightning in Oro, Kwara State. The deceased was a staff of the Registry Department of the College of Education, Oro.
He was said to be leaving the institution’s examination office for the registry department at about 10a.m. when the incident happened during a downpour. The body of Adekunle, who hailed from Ilesa in Osun State, was sighted lying on the spot of the incident.
Mr Adesola Adewoye, the institution’s Public Relation Officer, who confirmed the incident, said that all efforts to revive 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.
He described the deceased as an easy going, loyal and dedicated staff who would stop at nothing to impress his employer. Some traditional religion worshippers were said to have later performed some rites on the corpse before it was taken away.
Meanwhile, the management of llorin Muslim Cemetery, today, rejected his corpse. The Coordinator in charge of the cemetery, Dr Abubakar Aliagan, said 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 and the instructions warning against conducting Islamic rites on it was unacceptable to the management of the cemetery.
“If the late Salami will sleep in our Muslim cemetery, we have to do it in line with lslamic rites,’’ Aliagan said. 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.