- The Agodi GRA residence of the late former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, has reportedly been taken over by policemen
- Two police patrol vehicles were reportedly parked in the building with security operatives manning the residence
- The Oyo state government did not permit Ajimobi family to bury the late politician at the residence due to litigation on the property
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The Agodi GRA residence of the late former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, has reportedly been taken over by policemen attached to the Oyo state command.
The Nation newspaper reported that two police patrol vehicles were parked in the building with security operatives manning the residence.
Though there has been no official reason for the police action, sources told the newspaper that security operatives may have been deployed to the residence because the Oyo state government did not permit Ajimobi family to bury the late politician there due to litigation on the property.
Meanwhile, following the announcement by Abiola Ajimobi's family that the remains of the late former governor of Oyo state would be interred on Sunday, June 28, inside a mosque, Nigerian Muslims have expressed their concerns.
Legit.ng reported that the late Ajimobi’s media aide, Bolaji Tunji, said his former boss would be buried at the Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque, Oke-Ado, Ibadan by 12 noon.
He said that details of the burial ceremony were worked out by the family in consultation with the Lagos and Oyo state governments.
In a report by Legit.ng's regional reporter, Ibrahim Akinola, some Nigerian Muslims described the move by Ajimobi's family to bury the former governor in the mosque as a forbidden act, adding that such action would render the mosque useless.
According to the report, while reacting to the development, an Islamic cleric, Ustadh IbrahimTijaani, said Prophet Muhammad forbade Muslims from burying their dead inside the mosque and building mosque over graves, adding that the prophet of Allah cursed whoever buries their dead in the mosque.
He said: "The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) forbade burying people in the mosque and building mosque over graves; he also cursed those who do that. That was when he was on his deathbed and warned his ummah.
He said the Muslims must beware of this dangerous phenomenon and ensure that the mosques are free of graves and are established on the basis of Tawheed and sound belief.
"Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And the mosques are for Allaah (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allaah” (Al-Jinn 72:18)."
"The mosque should be for Allah alone, may He be glorified and exalted, and free of any manifestations of shirk, places where Allah alone is worshipped with no partner or associate. This is what is required of the Muslims. And Allah is the source of strength," he added.
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