A bizarre incident occurred, Tuesday night, at the Ijegun, Lagos, branch of Celestial Church of Christ, following the discovery of the bloated bodies of two toddlers inside the Church’s well. The toddlers, two-year-olds and females, were suspected to have strayed.
One of them, Oreoluwa Michael, was the daughter of the church’s Pastor, Michael Adishade, while the other was that of a resident of 37 Opeleye Street in the same vicinity.
The children were friends. Tension set in when the mother of the second child, identified as Oreoluwa Ileran, noticed that her child was missing.
When Vanguard visited the church yesterday, the bereaved Pastor stated that the children were removed from the well and rushed to nearby Gratitude Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.
Thereafter, he reported the incident at the Isheri Oshun Police Division, from where some policemen were drafted to the scene.
Distraught mother of the second child, Mrs Ileran, told Vanguard that the sight of her baby’s bloated body and that of her friend was the worst thing she had ever seen. .
Explaining how bodies of the children were found, the emotional mother said: “When I noticed that my baby was nowhere around the apartment at about 5p.m., I went to look for her. “While the search was on, I decided to get water to wash my face as I was already exhausted. “To my greatest shock, I noticed something was afloat. On closer observation, I discovered they were human beings. I rushed out to alert people, who came to bring out the lifeless bodies.
“But some people suggested we should rush them to the hospital, that they could have fainted. When we got there, my worst fear was confirmed.”
Some residents, however, said the children could have been murdered and thrown inside the well as, according to them, the well was closed.
One of them said: “Why should the well be closed if indeed the children fell in. It should have remained opened. We suspect foul play, but we leave that to the Police to ascertain.”