The people of Ilobu, headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun State, yesterday woke up to be confronted by a bizarre development as the body of a young man, simply identified as Abdullahi, was found in a grave where he was allegedly attempting to cut off and exhume the skull of a corpse buried not long ago.
The incident, which happened around Imam Aroun Compound in the nascent town, was said to have drawn a lot of crowd from the nearby Olobu market.
According to an eyewitness account, Abdullahi, described by a resident of the community who preferred anonymity as a member of a notorious youth gang in the community, was said to have been spotted along Palace Road the night before, while fighting a lady for a yet to be identified reason.
The 20-year-old Abdullahi, who was said to also hail from the Tooto Compound in the same town, was said to have dug a hole around the grave in the middle of the night on Tuesday to gain access to the corpse since the concrete used over the grave barred him from digging it directly.
However, investigation revealed that while trying to peep through the hole into the grave, the upper parts of his body went deep inside the grave and it became difficult for him to come out, and he suffocated to death in the process.
Passers-by who discovered his body with only his legs remaining outside the hole shouted and called the attention of people, who came and managed to remove his remains.
When the police arrived the scene, they reportedly visited the late Abdullahi’s family, with no one in sight, as his family members were said to have deserted their home having learnt of the incident.
In a telephone chat with the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ojutu Police Station in the community, Ms. Talatu, she refused to comment on the matter, saying only the Police Commissioner in the state or the Police Public Relations Officer, has the authority to talk on the matter.
When The Nigerian Times called the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Odoro, she said she was at a programme and could not speak but would get across to the correspondent. She was yet to call back as at the time of filing this report.