The ivorian police force has reportedly arrested 12 persons who desecrated late Arafat’s tomb under the pretext of trying to confirm if he was actually death.
Following an overnight funeral celebration at Abidjan’s main stadium, a group of persons desecrated the grave of the artist who died at 33 years due to a serious motorbike crash. Police officers who were doing investigations in this regards, are said to have arrested 12 persons who desecrated Arafat’s tomb after fans opened his coffin to take pictures of him shortly after his burial.
Events took a dark turn when fans tried to enter the Williamsville cemetery where the singer’s family had given him a private burial, prompting clashes with police. Several made it past security, forced open the fresh grave and coffin, and took photos and videos they then shared on social media.
Police fired teargas to disperse the crowd and several people were injured, witnesses told AFP.
“A probe has been opened and will be made public,” the state prosecutor, Richard Adou, said.
Abidjan’s prefecture, meanwhile, confirmed that 12 people had been detained following the incident.
DJ Arafat, whose real name was Ange Didier Houon, was one of the most popular African musicians in the francophone world, and had been called the king of coupe-decale (cut and run), an Ivorian form of dance music.
News of his death had led to scenes of hysteria among fans. President Alassane Ouattara called him “a youth icon and ambassador of Ivorian music and culture”.
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