9 year old boy falls and dies in soakaway, few hours to graduation ceremony in Lagos (PICTURED)

by S’ola Filani


A nine-year-old child, identified simply as Riliwan, fell into a soak-away at Apata Street, Somolu area of Lagos and died on Thursday morning.

Riliwan, a primary six pupil of a primary school in the area, was to attend his graduation ceremony that morning where he was billed to be given prizes for coming first in his class, when tragedy struck.

He fell into the soak-away while trying pour away a bowl of dirty water that his parents had used in rinsing their hands  after eating Sahur (Ramadan pre-dawn meal).

“The incident happened around 4am. There was no power supply. His parents had finished eating the early morning meal, preparatory to the fasting, when they asked him to empty a bowl of dirty water inside the gutter.

As he went out in the dark, he stepped on a covering on the soak-away, which gave way….after his parents did not see him return, they became worried and searched everywhere for him.

It was only about seven hours later that one of his foot wares was seen at the mouth of the soakaway.“People rallied round and tried draining the water in the soak-away, before they were able to bring him out. But he had died” a resident disclosed.

May his soul rest in peace.

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