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Friday, 8 June 2012
Dana crash: Ghosts’ scare grips Iju residents
LAGOS – Following concerns over alleged plans to bury victims of Sunday’s Dana plane crash at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, some residents of the area have appealed to the authorities not to bury the victims in the area, for fear of ghosts.
The residents, who based their apprehension on their belief in the existence of ghosts, noted that it was natural that when human beings die prematurely, their ghosts will haunt the scene for a while.
Idayatu Ali, a 24-year-old unemployed school leaver, said she would not want the victims buried at the scene of the accident, following fear of ghosts.
She said: adding “this is not 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.”
Pleading with the authorities not to bury the victims in the area, Ali said, “Please, tell them not to bury the victims here or else some of us will abandon our houses.”
But another resident, a commercial motorcyclist, Jude, who spoke to Vanguard at the crash site, said he and some colleagues could easily offer sacrifices to Ogun (the Yoruba god of iron) to get rid of any ghost terror.
Meanwhile, the South-West Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Iyiola Akande, has said there was no decision to busy the victims any where yet.