It sounds unbelievable, narrating how a missing child was found dead inside the vehicle of a neighbour who had joined the parents in the search of their missing seven-year-old girl, but that was what really happened somewhere at Ekiti State in South West Nigeria.
It was a very pathetic situation at Olujoda area of Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital Thursday night, when the corpse of Olagoke Morire, was eventually found dead inside the vehicle of one of her parents’ cotenants after a long search.
On the fateful day the girl was declared missing, it was said she and her twin sister were left at home with her mother’s cousin in their apartment before they went out to buy biscuits.
According to her mother, Mrs Kehinde Ajayi, she said, her daughter got missing around 1:15 p.m. that afternoon after her twin sister, Mokore, left her in the compound to search for her money she forgot in the room.
But later on, she found out that she could not locate her sister again, and together with her neighbours she raised the alarm and everyone jointly conducted a search for the girl around the compound, until 8:00 pm when her corpse was found inside a co-tenant’s vehicle that was parked inside the compound.
“When we woke up in the morning, I took care of my children as usual. They are twins. I gave them money to buy biscuits and left them in the house with my cousin.
“Suddenly, I received a distress call from one of my neighbours around 3:00 p.m. that Morire was missing and that they have searched everywhere but they couldn’t find her.
“I quickly left what I was doing and rushed home. We searched everywhere to look for her, yet we didn’t find her. We reported the incident at Ologede Police Division and we were told to wait for 24 hours before they could take any action.
“It was later around 8:00 p.m. that someone discovered her corpse inside a vehicle parked in our compound with her skin already peeled off,” the bereaved mother said.
The Ekiti State Police Public Relation Officer, Abutu Sunday, who confirmed the incident, described it as unfortunate, saying: “It was true that a child was declared missing and the parents reported the incident at our division at Ologede.
“All efforts to recover the little girl turned out unsuccessful until 8:00 p.m. when she was found lifeless in one of the cars parked within their compound.”
The PPRO said the corpse of the little girl had been deposited in the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital’s morgue in Ado-Ekiti, and that autopsy would be conducted to unravel the cause of her death.