A labourer whose identity is yet to be ascertained has passed on after falling into a septic tank belonging to a church building in Badore, Ajah area of Lagos State.
Reports say the incident took place on Friday when the deceased victim was hired by the leadership of the church to work on the premises.
According to a source, the labourer was already at his job when one of those living in the premises of the church took notice of his absence from the spot.
He said, “When the people around the premises noticed his absence where he was working, they started to look for him. It was in the process of trying to locate his whereabouts that his body was discovered in the soakaway.”
The development elicited panic in the area as residents alleged that the deceased victim was used for ritual purposes, while others claimed that his body was mutilated.
Consequently, an irate mob attacked the premises and vandalized some properties, and set torched the building.
The source added, “A cow that was tied close to the church was seized by the mob. They later killed the cow and shared the meat in the community.”
The incident was confirmed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin.
He said, “Someone was engaged to evacuate the septic tank in the church. While he was doing the job, he fell into the septic tank. He was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead. And some angry youths burnt the church. The body was not mutilated. The policemen were there and they took pictures and no part of his body was removed. No arrest has been made yet.”
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