Mass Burial: Fear Grips Residents of Ikare-Akoko
There is palpable apprehension in the ancient town of Ikare-Akoko in Akoko North East area of Ondo State over plans by the state government to carry out mass burial for over one hundred abandoned dead bodies in the area.
Radio Nigeria gathered that the corpses were brought to the town by health officials of the state government from different parts of the state without the prior consent of community leaders and local government authorities.
Confirming the development, the caretaker Chairman of Akoko North-East Local Government, Mr Asimi Omojola, said he was not in the office when the corpses were moved to Ikare for mass burial, but he confirmed an official of the Ondo State Health Management Board (HMB) had contacted him about the situation.
The two traditional rulers of the town, Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Saliu-Momoh and the Owa-Ale of Ikare, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, described the situation as strange to the culture and norms of the community.
In separate interviews, the two monarchs warned that Ikare people would not allow the corpses to be buried on their land as it could lead to traditional crises and abominable incidences.
Reacting, the Chief Medical Director, CMD of Ikare State Specialist Hospital, Dr Ayodele Ogunlade, stressed that Ore, Akure and Ikare were designated for the mass burial of the abandoned corpses, adding that it had no health implication as all the corpses had been treated with the necessary chemicals.