The lifeless body of a four-year-old child has been discovered close to a shrine in Iwaya area of Lagos state.
NAIJ.com gathered that the child that was found Farida Ayomide Suleiman was declared missing on Tuesday.
According to The Punch, she was last seen on Tuesday with her siblings on their way to the mosque.
It was gathered that the deceased toddler and her siblings had left the mosque to go to a family friend’s house.
Hours later, the toddler was discovered to have gone missing. This led to search by tenants of 28 Ogbe Close who were alerted to the situation by her mother’s cries for help.
Her body was later found by her mother who discovered her body behind a window where the shrine is located.
Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, stated that everyone who visited the scene of the crime have been taken into custody.
Owoseni said: “The DPO of Sabo Division alerted me at the early hours of this morning (yesterday) that a couple came to the station to say that their missing child’s body was found behind their window, near an Ogun shrine, with her throat slashed. “I was at the scene till 4a.m. with detectives. We have recovered the corpse and also saw the tool with which she was murdered— a knife. “Ten persons, including parents of the deceased, have been taken into custody for interrogation. We are not saying categorically that they killed the child; the shrine has been in the compound for years. “If there is no conspiracy of silence, the tenants would have known that sacrifices have been going on in the shrine. “The owner of the compound was worshipping in the shrine before he died. After his demise, we gathered that people used to come to worship at the shrine.”
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Read the mother’s side of the story below:
Mrs Bunmi Suleiman said: “When news of her disappearance reached me, we started looking for her. At about 8p.m., I went to the back yard to fetch water for ablution before going to pray. “That was when I noticed something on the ground, which I thought was a bucket of water. But when I flashed my torchlight, I discovered to my astonishment that it was my daughter. I screamed; my husband rushed out and alerted other tenants. We rushed our child to the hospital, where we were told that she had died. “We moved into the compound three years ago. We usually see people coming to worship at the shrine, but never have we seen nor heard that they sacrificed human beings in the shrines. What they use as sacrifice are dogs. “Yesterday (Tuesday), a man and a woman came with a chicken to sacrifice on the shrine. They called one of the children to help them kill the chicken, but he refused. By the time the third child refused, they left only to come back at night to use my child to replace the animal that was to be used for sacrifice, with her blood spilled in the shrine. “I don’t know those who usually come to worship here. After the death of our landlord, his children worshipped at the shrine, but they do not live here; they only come to collect house rent from us. “Other people also come to worship and leave. There is no particular person that says at the shrine.”
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