Recently, the female singer, Zara’s, grave was reported missing, now, it has been found.
On the 25th of March, the NET reporter went back to Ikoyi cemetery to inquire about the grave and the official he met revealed that while he (Sule, The official he met on the 19th when he first went) was right about the section he indicated via their records, he did not get the exact location of the grave correctly.
According to NETng, A senior official of the cemetery, who identified himself simply as Akeem, on the second visit, apologized on behalf of the authorities, and led the way straight to her grave. A few interesting discoveries were also made…
- Akeem, after apologizing for the initial mix-up, stated that Sule would never have found the grave even if he had checked the right place because the grave wasn’t properly marked. Zara’s full name (Margaret Mary Joseph) was just hand-scribbled at the foot of the grave and would be barely visible for someone who didn’t know that her remains were buried in that particular vault.
- Zara’s grave is located at Gate 5, Right Portion 2, Vault F31.
- According to him, he (Akeem) personally handled Zara’s burial in 2014. He added that the family promised to contact him later to the grave properly marked, but never did till date. ‘I don’t even know who eventually came to scribble her name on the vault like this here sef,’ he stated.
- The Joseph family had purchased the vault used for her burial a long time ago, and two other relatives (Hilaria and Cyprian Joseph) had been buried there before Zara. The marble mantle head on the vault presently carries their inscription alone.
- The three-layer vault purchased by the Joseph family currently goes for N450k at the Ikoyi Cemetery.
Akeem also disclosed that a Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) is issued to any family that buys any type of vault at the cemetery. ‘On no account is it possible for anybody not in possession of this document to have a body exhumed, or another body buried. Even if it’s the very same person that came to pay for the vault, one must produce this certificate before we can allow them to do anything on a grave,’ he said.
He went on to give an assurance that, while it is not totally unheard of for graves to go missing in some public cemeteries across the country, it is absolutely impossible at the Ikoyi Cemetery. According to him: ‘Even after a hundred years of burial, our unique way of burials here makes it easy for us to trace and produce any grave upon demand. As long as the ‘C-of-O’ for the vault can be produced, we will always find any grave here, regardless of its age.’