Woman found dead in a well on church premises in Ondo

A woman has been found dead in a well on the premises of a Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The deceased, identified as Mrs. Funke Ojo was said to have left her mother’s house for the church programme on Saturday night. But members of the Church said she did not attend the said program, adding that no one knew she had jumped inside the well.

It was not clear to residents in the Ayedun area in Akure how the incident happened as they all described it as a mystery, as they wondered what could have led the woman to take her own life.

According to a source in the area, the deceased did not show any sign of mental illness.

The source said,

“On Saturday night, she complained to her mother that she was having a slight malaria fever. So she later told her mother that she wanted to go to the church. The mother was even asking her to rest since she had malaria but she insisted going to the church.

“Nobody knew how she got into the well, it was someone who wanted to fetch water in the well this morning (Sunday) that saw her lifeless body inside the well and raised the alarm to call the attention of the residents of the area.”

It was gathered that some youths in the area evacuated the corpse from the well and took away her for burial. Following the incident, the pastor of the church, Segun Oriade was said to have been arrested by police for interrogation.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the incident but said the command has not begun investigations into the cause of death of the deceased.

He wet further to give confirmation on the arrest of the pastor saying he will be assisting t he commend in their investigations.

He said,

“It happened early this morning (Sunday), the deceased was sick and her mother of took her to the church for prayer and later she (the deceased) went home and came back to the church late in the evening on Saturday. ‎

“But they found her lifeless body inside the well on Sunday morning. Nobody can say anything about it for now but we have commenced investigation into the matter.”

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