Burial Ground Of Man Killed By Thunder Sparks Controversies
While the mystery of his death is yet to be unraveled, where and how Ramoni Aluko would be buried has constituted a subject of controversy in Akoko area of Ondo state.
Aluko, a timber merchant in Ifira Akoko, the Akoko South-East local government area of the state was allegedly struck by lightning on Wednesday, October 24th in a bid to cut down an Iroko tree in the forest.
Due to the spiritual string that is attached to his death, some Sango worshipers and elders in the community have suggested the manner in which he should be buried.
"Whoever that is killed by Sango must be buried in the forest. Infact, such a person must not be touched by anybody other than the Sango worshipers who must carry out some traditional rites before the corpse can be taken away from there.
"This is the position of tradition and failure to acknowledge this will be disastrous to the town where such a person is eventually buried. The Sango worshipers have made it known that the corpse is now the property of Sango, the god of thunder and there is nothing anyone can do about it" said Chief Isaac Oladayo.
The traditional position however does not seem to go down well with the family of the deceased who insist their dead must be buried normally.
A family source who preferred anonymity disclosed that though his death was not natural, the acclaimed tradition has become old and irrelevant.
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"How can some people from nowhere decide on where to bury our brother who lost his life in a controversial circumstance?
"As if it is not enough that we are bereaved, they still want to complicate our agony with their unfounded traditional procedure. Was he a leper that he would be buried in the forest? We are practicing Christians in our family and such things can't work for or against us" she maintained.
The corpse was said to have been taken to his home town by Sango worshipers in Supare Akoko until a definite agreement is reached on the burial.
Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Officer, Isua Akoko, Biodun Ojediran stated that Aluko and his partner, Gbenga Oniyere were in the farm to cut trees at different location when the incident occurred.
Also, in his response, the state command public relation Officer, Femi Joseph disclosed that investigation has commenced into the matter.
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