‘Before his death, the boy reportedly said his two friends invited him over for food, adding that after he ate the meal, he slept off’
Temu, a community in the Ikosi-Ejinrin Local Council Development Area, Epe, Lagos State has been thrown into a pensive mood following the death of a 20-year-old student, Nureni Kekereowo.
The Senior Secondary School 3 student was said to have died on October 12 after he indicated that his friends, whom he identified as Daniel, 19, and Sunday, another teenager, allegedly used him for a ritual.
Nureni, before his death, reportedly said the two friends invited him over for food, adding that after he ate the meal, he slept off.
He reportedly claimed that he woke up with a calabash on his head.
A resident, Olatunji Ajao, said the Epe, Lagos State indigene, was in pain while he narrated his ordeal, adding that he died the following day.
He said, “Nureni said his friends, Daniel and Sunday, called him to visit them, but he did not respond. When he eventually went, they gave him food. He said they put something on his head and that was how his neck became stiff and he could not turn it. He was in pain throughout the time he was unconscious till he died. The boys are not indigenes of this town; they are from Calabar, Cross River State.”
The victim’s relative, Atinuke, said the 20-year-old was unconscious when he was brought to her shop on Friday, October 7, 2022.
She said, “People said he was by the roadside and when they approached him, he directed them down here. Although he was unconscious when they brought him, I did not know that they had used him for rituals. I even thanked them for bringing him to me.
“It was on Saturday, October 8, that we discovered that he was still not feeling fine, as he could not talk. We took him to different places, including spiritualists, but we did not find a solution. On the night of Tuesday, October 11, we got someone who intervened. The person spoke to his ears and he started talking almost immediately.
“He said he went to Daniel’s house where he also met Sunday and they offered him bread and beans, after which he slept off. He said by the time he woke up, they had put a calabash on his head. He died the following morning after he said those things.”
The deceased sister’s husband, Hassan Arogundade, said Nureni’s statement led to the arrest of two of the culprits.
He said, “After he spoke on Tuesday night, we went to apprehend Daniel; we also discovered that Sunday had run away. Daniel took us to one Evans, whom he said was also involved. We went there and arrested him as well. We involved the police and they were taken to the Epe Police Station.”
In a video, Evans denied involvement in the matter while being interrogated by residents.
He said, “I went to Daniel’s house that day when I saw Nureni. He told me that his neck was paining him and that they placed something on his head. By the time he was about to leave, he fell at the doorstep. That was when Sunday, who was also there, carried him and took him away.”
The Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) Benjamin Hundeyin(SP) could not be reached for police angle of the story.