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Photos: Graveyard Of White Colonial Soldiers & Missionaries Defaced In Lokoja Kogi State

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March 22, 2016 – Pictures: Nigeria’s 1st Cemetery, Graves Of White Colonial Soldiers & Missionaries Turns To Refuse Dump, Public Toilet In Lokoja Kogi State 

If the dead could talk, some white colonial soldiers buried in Lokoja would have been doing so. They would have been shouting themselves hoarse, protesting the way and manner residents of the city have invaded their abode and denied them sleep.

One of the things that make Lokoja, the Kogi State capital a Nigerian township like no other is that it hosts about the biggest cemetery for white colonial masters. Various administrators and soldiers as well as white and black missionaries who died in and around the area were buried there in their large numbers. Some of them were buried way back in 1880s, the rest a little after 1900. They have long decayed and become mere earth. But there are still compelling signs at their gravesides, clearly suggesting who owned the graves.

When Daily Sun visited Lokoja recently, there were more than enough signs that those dead were having some rough patches at the hands of city residents who have appropriated the portions apportioned to the dead.

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In most cultures, the dead are accorded their fullest respect. No wonder then that they are washed and clothed before burial. Their tombs and gravesides, which are their final, earthly resting homes, are protected from assaults. And they possibly trust that the living would help them rest peacefully.

But at the Lokoja cemeteries, there seem to be no let up to the manner the residents are abusing the dead. Daily Sun investigations showed startling ways the people have confiscated the places. They defecate and pour refuse on the dead. The daring ones play and rest with the dead. Some, even sadly, sleep on their graves in the day and at night. They defile the authorities and go on abusing the facility with gusto.

Looking back, one recalls that at some point, the colonial masters had Lokoja as their administrative headquarters. That was a long time before the Nigerian idea was ever conceived. Because of the confluence of the Rivers Niger and Benue, Lokoja proved a perfect place for administration and commerce for the colonial masters, their soldiers and the accompanying missionaries. Many of them who died were brought to Lokoja for burial. And that was how the cemetery idea was first introduced into the country. One of them is the European Soldiers/African cemetery said to be the biggest in the country.

[Daily Sun]



  1. Jojo

    March 22, 2016 at 3:10 AM

    Hmmmmmmmm na wa o.

  2. Olanrewaju

    March 22, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Govt should have appointed someone to take good care of that cemetery

  3. Omevwe(I am)

    March 22, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    You this JoJo,what is an wa o …? own is just to comment any thing just to b in list of most commented people.Mtcheee…

  4. Omevwe(I am)

    March 22, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    You this JoJo ,what is an was o?Your own is just to sit down,read,type what ever enter ur head,just bcos u want to b in d list of most commented pole.Mtchee…

  5. sola olaniyi

    March 22, 2016 at 8:17 AM


  6. chyna

    March 22, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    ok seen

  7. Maryf

    March 22, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Let the dead fight those people defiling their abode na.

  8. Precious

    March 22, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Okay i don see am

  9. John Emeka

    March 22, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Dead since 1800s & still hv d xpections of cleaning & according unending respect…na true

  10. my lady

    March 22, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    playing with the dead? hmmmm

  11. Amazon

    March 22, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Funny post

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