A labourer known only as Dogo died after slipping into a sewage tank belonging to a church in Badore, Ajah, Lagos State.
The incident occurred on Friday when the deceased victim was hired by the church’s leadership to labor on the premises.
According to a source in the region, the middle-aged worker began doing his job when one of the residents of the church’s premises could no longer see him.
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 incident was supposed to have sparked panic in the neighborhood, with neighbors alleging that the deceased victim’s body was disfigured and used for ceremonial purposes.
As a result, an enraged mob invaded the church grounds, destroying some property and setting fire to the structure.
“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 source further disclosed.
Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the occurrence when contacted.
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.”