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 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.”
The boy was reportedly taken to a private hospital in the area where he was confirmed dead.
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 Punch correspondent showed that there had been bad
blood between the two families since Mary became pregnant with Eniola.
Punch 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
“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,” 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 guardian.
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
A relative told Punch 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
He explained that after much persuasion Mary’s mother dropped the case
against the family. 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
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the boy’s
corpse was in the mortuary pending the release of the autopsy report.
She said, “It is a case of sudden and unnatural death.