Residents of Ayeyemi Street, Ondo town, Ondo State woke up last Saturday to find the body of a young man dangling from a tree in their community.
Investigation by the residents showed that the deceased was not a resident of the community and his family was not yet identified as at late Saturday however the case was reported to the police.
A resident told a local newspaper that the victims “slippers were seen at the scene and his phone was intermittently ringing inside his pocket. But no one removed it from his pocket.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, said the police had yet to commence investigation into the incident.
He said, “The community asked us not to do anything about the incident yet.
“The leaders explained to the policemen that went to the scene of the incident that there are some rituals that they have to perform before anybody can do anything about the man.”
According to Aborisade Olasunkanmi of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, in Yoruba ontology, there is a distinction between good and bad death. A person who reached old age and attained a life of accomplishment before dying is believed to have died a good death.
“When a person dies young, for the Yoruba it is a bad death. Thus they are not given full funeral rites. There is no happiness accompanying the burial. It is worst when a person commits suicide. There is no fitting funeral ceremony for someone who commits suicide, even at an old age. No one is allowed to cry or weep publicly for the deceased. There is no cooking or drinking.
“Finally, cleansing ceremonies are performed by the deceased’s family so that such an evil will not happen again. The elders would offer sacrifices for peace in the land and for the extinction of such thought from the land. It is seen as the most evil thing a person can do. It is referred to as an abomination and as a sin against the earth. Thus, in the case of suicide, not only loved ones are offended, the divine is involved.
The PPRO added that nobody had been arrested.