By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
One of the parents of the two teenagers said to have drowned during a Christmas party at a hotel in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, Mrs. Roseline Fagbola, has expressed belief that her son, Ayomide was not dead as reported in the media because the church cannot produce his corpse.
Ayomide aged 16 and Ifeoluwa of the same age were among the youths of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Ijoyin, Ile Ife, who were said to have visited JMT Events & Hotel Osogbo on Tuesday, 23rd December 2014.
Ayomide alongside with his friend were said to have drowned while having fun in the swimming pool and efforts by the youth leaders of the church who organised and led them on the Christmas party to save their lives failed.
Consequently, the leaders were said to have gone into hiding out of fear and the colleagues of the unfortunate kids were said to have taken their bags and other belongings to their parents at home in Ile-Ife.
Ayomide’s parents were said to have reported the matter at a police station before the police arrested the pastor of the said church and his wife when they could not find the youth leaders of the church who took the children out for party.
But there seems to be more startling revelation to the unfortunate incident as Mrs Fagbola suspected foul play by the pastor and the youth leaders to the disappearance of her son, Ayomide.
According to Mrs Fagbola, “my child is not dead, the pastor and his wife should produce my son.”
She said one of the youth leaders of the church, Mr. Isaac Eludire on Monday, 22nd December, 2014 had organised a programme for the children including her son and the leaders had told the parents that the kids would be visiting Amusement Recreational Parks in Ibadan but to her chagrin, the youth leader had deceived the parents as he took the youths to JMT Events & Hotel in Osogbo on Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014.
Mrs Fagbola who disclosed that Ayomide and Ifeoluwa are students of Saint Mulumba Catholic College, Lagere Ile-Ife, said “we the parents were not bothered initially when the trip was suggested because this would not be the first time and because of this I gave my son an extra N200 apart from the N1,000 he was asked to pay for transport fare.”
While this chat was on with our correspondent at her residence at Irepodun street in Eleeyele area in Ile Ife, Mrs Fagbola could not control tears gushing from her eyes.
Mrs Fagbola, a trader in Ile Ife said “on this faithful day, I expected my son to return from the trip but all I saw was the wrist watch, the powdered milk I bought for him, the shirt and trousers he wore to the party and the ATM card his father gave him for withdrawal on his way back from the trip; his friend brought them to me”.
Wiping tears from her face, she continued: “on getting to the church premises at Ijoyin, I saw people standing and discussing and I asked them about my son’s whereabouts, but no one responded.
“Later, one of the elders in the church said that my child is at the Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH) in Osogbo and from the church premises I proceeded to the police station to report the incident.”
Mrs. Fagbola said she again visited the church in the evening of the same day but met the church locked saying the youths leader, the pastor and his wife including their driver had taken to their heels.
“I then proceeded to the Christ Apostolic Church, Moore chapter to continue worshiping there with the hope that my son will come back to me. On Xmas day, I could not bear it again as I went back to the church and met the pastor officiating a service. I stopped the service and demanded for my son but the pastor told me another story entirely.”
As at the time of filling this report, the two victims were said to be no where to be found just as their corpses were not found in the morgue of LAUTECH where it was allegedly taken to.
Mrs Fagbola therefore urged security agencies to help find her son. She also appealed to the Osun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) government and the general public to intervene.