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Fear of ghosts grips crash site residents

Fear of ghosts grips crash site residents

Some residents of Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, have appealed to the authorities to bury the victims of the Sunday Dana aircrash far from the area.

Their apprehension was based on their belief in the existence of ghosts, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Idayatu Ali, a 24-year-old unemployed school leaver, said she would not want the victims to be buried at the scene of the accident, “for fear of ghosts”.

According to her, human beings are no goats and when they die prematurely, especially, violently, their ghosts will haunt the scene for a while.

“This is no superstition; I have witnessed where a young man died in an accident and his ghost continued to cry at the scene for days until a sacrifice was performed.

“Please, tell them not to bury the victims here or else some of us will have to abandon our houses,” she pleaded.

However, Jude Agwu, a commercial motorcyclist, said he and some colleagues could easily offer sacrifices to Ogun (the Yoruba god iron) in a bid to get rid of any ghost threat.

The South-West Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Iyiola Akande, said no decision had been taken on where to bury the victims.

He, however, believed that identifiable bodies should be released to their relations for burial, while badly burnt ones would be given mass burial, probably far from the scene.

“This is a densely populated area and erecting a memorial here may not be in the interest of the psyche of the residents,” he said.

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