By Tope Adedeji, Akure
More facts have emerged on why residents of Ikare-Akoko in Akoko Northeast Local Government Area of Ondo State refused to allow the mass burial of over 100 corpses recently carried to the town.
Over 100 dead bodies were brought into the ancient town of Ikare last week in three ambulances by the state government from different morgues across Akoko axis, mostly from Ikare and Iwaro-Oka general hospitals.
A 90-year-old man, elder James Oladetohun, Chairman, Ikare Elders Forum explained to WESTERN POST that it is an abomination and a taboo to bury such large number of corpses.
Oladetohun said: “it can only happen during wartime or during epidemic in those days.”
He reiterated that the implications is that gods and goddesses would not be happy seeing such horrible event.
A traditional chief, the Oluke of Ishakunmi in Ikare-Akoko, said it was not an affront to government as such hadn’t happened in the ancient town of Ikare-Akoko since time immemorial.
Chief Jamiu Adejoro blamed the misunderstanding on the communication gap and management of information that led to embarrassment when corpses of such magnitude arrived Ikare-Akoko for mass burial.
A youth leader in the town, Mr. Marshal Ojuolape, said it was strange to the youths as they were looking at the health implications of such burial.
He said the youths would not protest on the matter but wait for the amicable resolution of the impasse by the elders under the leadership of the monarchs Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Momoh, and the Owa-Ale of Ikare, Oba Samuel Adedoyin Adegbite.
While responding on the matter, health environmental expert, Mr. Festus Aremo, allayed the fears of the people, saying such a burial has no health implications at all.
Aremo said the decision of the government was to give chance to new corpses in the mortuary in state facilities.