42-year-old Ayedun Shitta-Bello is grieving the death of her two sons and crying out for justice to prevail on all those involved in the mysterious death of her son. She shares her story with Punch Newspaper, excerpts below;
Two days before the incident (November 18), Abiodun and Ayinde along with their father and step mother were said to have gone to church for a programme. The church is located at 739, Ori-Oke Ibukun, Ilasan Street, Jakande, Ajah.
Shitta-Bello’s ex-husband and father of the deceased told the police that he left the church earlier having performed his own bath but left behind his children and wife in the church.
According to the statement he gave to the police, early morning on Saturday, he got a call from his wife who told him that his two children had drowned during a spiritual bath in a stream frequently used by the church along Ogombo area of Ajah.
The father of the deceased called his ex-wife’s brother (Buhari), who raced to the scene in shock and saw his nephews’ dead bodies lying on the ground.
Screaming inside but trying not to sound alarming, Buhari dialled his sister’s phone line and told her to come to her ex-husband’s house right away without giving reasons.
She said, “I just woke up when I received the call. I quickly put on clothes and went there. I got there and realised that relations were there as well. I became suspicious.
“I asked what had happened but no one told me anything initially. I then asked for my children. That was when they told me they drowned during a spiritual bath. From then on, everything they told me made no sense. The more I thought about it, the more it did not add up.”
The church pastor initially fled while the police arrested the assistant pastor of the church.
According to Shitta-Bello, she was told during investigation by the police that almost 100 other people were present during the ‘spiritual bath’.
“How can two people drown during a spiritual bath and they turn out to be siblings? How can anybody expect me to believe that was a coincidence?” she said.
The grieving mother said sleep had eluded her since the incident as she always stayed up in the middle of the night to think about her precious children.
“My children had become a source of joy to me. But they died mysteriously just at the moment they were of age to fulfil their responsibility to me as a parent.
“I am not saying this because I am grieving but no one can tell me anything that will make me believe that they died just by drowning. How could they both drown when people were there and nobody went in to help? I was told Ayinde went into the water first and his brother went in to rescue him and they both drowned.”
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the deceased were scheduled to travel out of the country in a few days that same November and had even packed their bags.
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