Men of the Police Mobile Force in Akure, the Ondo state capital, were God-sent last Sunday to save a Pastor from being lynched and his church set ablaze by some hoodlums protesting the death of a two-year-old boy, Feranmi Oladeji, who died inside the church septic tank.
Police responded promptly to distress call from the church and about 30 armed policemen were deployed to the Christ Apostolic Church, C A C, Oke Ihinrere in Aiyedun area of Akure metropolis, as thugs invaded the area and held worshippers hostage.
The Pastor (name withheld), and other leaders of the church were shielded by church members when the hoodlums invaded the place.
The father of the deceased said to be an artisan does not attend the church but his wife, Olayinka, does.
The deceased sources said was born and christened in the church and also celebrated his second birthday two Sundays before the incident in the same church.
But last Sunday, at about 11.30 a.m. while the service was on, Feranmi and other children were playing close to an open septic tank when he fell inside it, while his mates continued playing and no adult knew what had happened.
His mother later asked after him from his mates who pointed at the septic tank and told her he fell in. Feranmi was already dead.
The church leaders could only recover the boy’s lifeless body from the septic tank where had drowned.
Doctors confirmed him dead at the hospital.
The pastor, according to sources has been kept under protective custody by the police.
Armed policemen have since secured the church which is under lock and key.
Confirming the incident, Ondo state police public relations officer said the boy’s body had been deposited at the state specialist hospital in Akure, noting also that the pastor would be invited for questioning.