Grave Diggers Exploit Mourners in Kano

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COVID-19, Officially Linked, Mass Death, Kano
Graveyard attendants have said more than usual number of dead bodies have been buried in Kano in the last two weeks.

Relatives of deceased persons have raised alarm over the exorbitant fees imposed on them by gravediggers operating in some cemeteries in Kano metropolis.

The bereaved persons groaned that they were compelled to pay what they described as ungodly sum before graves were dug.

One Tajudeen Isiaka who bemoaned the situation said “today Wednesday, my uncle lost his seven years old son who has been battling with typhoid fever. When we got to Ahamadiyya burial ground, they told us that digging the grave of children costs N7000, while that of adults costs N15000. They also charged us for the clay pot that was used for the burial rites.”

Judicial Sketch visited the cemetery and met bereaved persons complaining over the pricing method been adopted by the grave diggers.

Mama Olu who lost her husband last Saturday said “my husband died, the mortuaries were filled, we decided to bury him instantly, and we haggled with them before they agreed to dig his grave at the cost of N10, 000.”

The mourners appealed to relevant authorities to intervene to relieve affected families of the burden that is being placed on them by the grave diggers.

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