Police hunt for cleric who allegedly exhumed friend’s corpse
The police in Kwara State are on the trail of an Ilorin based-Islamic cleric who allegedly exhumed the corpse of his late friend for ritual purpose.
The cleric, a resident of Eleran compound in Oloje area of Ilorin and said to be in his 30s, allegedly exhumed the remains of his childhood friend on Tuesday, seven days after his death.
A source who confided in the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the community became aware of the development when the odour of the decomposing body permeated the area.
The source told NAN yesterday in Ilorin that members of the community had to embark on a search when the odour became unbearable. According to him, the search team later traced the odour to the apartment of the cleric.
He said the door was forcefully broken and the search party discovered the decomposing corpse said to be that of one Sulaiman.
The deceased, he said went out with the cleric last Wednesday and had complained of stomach ache not long after they returned.
He reportedly died in a hospital last Thursday and was buried the same day in accordance with Islamic rites.
NAN learnt that the suspect however fled through a back door when he sensed that members of the community were tracing the source of the odour.
The irate members of the community, however, beat up the father of the suspect before taking him to the Divisional Police Headquarters in the area.
They also demolished building belonging to family of the suspect.
DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the incident to NAN, saying investigation was ongoing on the matter. (NAN) the the