Boy Drowns In A Drum Of Water In Lagos, Police Arrest His Grandma And Father ( Photo)

Physinews Reports : A two-year-old boy, Eniola Ajakaye, has
drowned inside a drum of water while
holidaying with his grandmother in Aboru, in the
Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State Nigeria.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the police arrested the
victim’s father, Sunday Ajakaye, a mechanic,
and Sunday’s 65-year-old mother, after the
boy’s mother, Mary, accused them of
complicity in the death.

They were reportedly detained at the Oke Odo
Police Division for alleged murder.

A resident, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said Eniola drowned around 2pm
on Foursquare Street, Ago 40 Estate, where his
grandma lived.

He said, “The woman had gone out for a
church programme, leaving him with some
other children who had come to holiday with

“She was called on the telephone that the boy
was missing. People searched for him for hours
without any success.

“When it was evening, a woman said she saw
something inside a water drum in the house.

“When they checked the drum, they found
Eniola there.”

The boy was reportedly taken to a private
hospital in the area where he was confirmed

Another resident, Jide Thompson, said the
family took the dead child back to the house
and invited some pastors to bring him back to
life, adding that all the effort was in vain.
It was learnt that Mary’s family did not believe
the account of the grandmother as they
insisted that there was more to the death than
meet the eye, adding that the Ajakaye family
had a case to answer.

The police subsequently arrested the grandma,
Sunday and another relative who reportedly
raised the alarm when the boy went missing.

Investigation by our correspondent showed
that there had been bad blood between the two
families since Mary became pregnant with

Our correspondent learnt from a source that
Sunday had rejected Eniola’s pregnancy.

He said, “The man is a mechanic and can
barely fend for himself. When Mary, his lover,
became pregnant, he rejected the pregnancy.

“When Eniola was born, Sunday’s mother took
the responsibility for his upkeep and was
always sending money to Mary’s family.”

The source explained that the grandma later
took custody of the child after a major
disagreement, adding that Mary returned some
weeks later to take back the child.

“However, Mary called the woman one day,
saying she was returning Eniola to the

“The girl took the child to the woman’s church
and dropped him there. The grandma picked
the child from the church and handed over to
the police station,” he added.

The police allegedly called the two families and
gave custody of the child to the father.
It was learnt that the grandma handed over the
child to her first child, who became his

PUNCH Metro was told that the guardian had
brought him back to the grandma, along with
some other children of the family, for holiday
when tragedy struck.

A relative told our correspondent that the
grandma was devastated when the boy was
found in the drum.

“She invited pastors to pray for the child, but
nothing happened. When it was getting late,
around 10pm, we reported the matter to the
police and after making statements, the corpse
was deposited in a morgue,” he added.

He explained that after much persuasion
Mary’s mother dropped the case against the
He, however, expressed surprise that the police
were taking up the matter again.

A police source said the police had closed the
case file when Mary’s mother demanded that
the matter be revived.

The source said, “The primary issue is that the
two families are at loggerheads.

After asking
that the case be withdrawn, Mary’s mother said
her family went to take the boy’s clothes and
was told that they had been burnt and there
was nothing left of the boy’s property. She said
the man’s family knew about the death for
being in haste to forget the victim.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo
Badmos, said the boy’s corpse was in the
mortuary pending the release of the autopsy

She said, “It is a case of sudden and unnatural
death. The two-year-old allegedly drowned
inside a drum of water.

“Our operatives visited and photographed the
scene. The corpse has been deposited at the
Mainland Hospital’s morgue in Yaba for
autopsy. The case is under investigation.

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