A grandmother and her son, have been accused of conspiring to murder her grandson.
According to reports, 2-year-old Eniola Ajakaye, drowned while holidaying at his grandmother's house at Foursquare Street, Ago 40 Estate in Aboru, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos.
Eniola's father Sunday Ajakaye, was also implicated in the matter, as his son's mother identified as Mary, maintained that their explanation as regards the death of her little boy, sounded very fishy.
According to a neighbour who lives in the same compound with the deceased's grandmother, this is what transpired:
“The woman had gone out for a church programme, leaving him with some other children who had come to holiday with her. 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.”
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The deceased was reportedly rushed to a clinic, where he was confirmed dead, and the family reportedly took his corpse home and asked a pastor to come and resurrect him.
Mary was said to have invited the police on hearing of her son's death, as further investigations revealed that she had a right to be suspicious, as her pregnancy had been rejected by Sunday's family. It was learnt that Sunday had been given custody of Eniola after Mary's family involved the police, and his mother had given the child to his elder sibling who became Eniola's guardian.
A 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 After asking that the case be withdrawn, Mary’s mother said her family went to take the boy’s clothes and was told that they had been burnt and there was nothing left of the boy’s property.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.”
Here’s what a resident told the press:
“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.
However, Mary called the woman one day, saying she was returning Eniola to the grandma. 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.”
According to an eyewitness, this is how the deceased's grandmother reacted when he was found:
“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.”
Confirming the incident, police PRO SP Dolapo Badmos, had this to say:
“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.”