Corpses of two children have been found in a pit said to be half filled with water in Gure community , in the Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State.It was learnt that the pit was far from the homes of the kids ’ respective parents .
Our correspondent gathered on Thursday that the victims – a boy , Ibrahim Bernand , who was said to be crawling , and a girl , Aisha Micheal , a toddler – were found dead in the pit a day after they were declared missing.
PUNCH Metro gathered that immediately the children got missing , community members organised search parties and combed the area in search of them .
A source said , “ The children got missing from different locations . One of the victims got missing at home , while the other got missing at a market.
“ The fact that the children were found dead in the same pit has raised suspicion as to the actual cause of the children ’ s demise .
“ The parents of the two children are living in Gure . The parents of one of the deceased children are Nigerians, while the parents of the other child are foreigners. ”
Another community member , who declined to be identified, said the residents suspected that the children were killed for ritual purposes .
“ Ritual killing is common here ; that is why we believe that there is more to the deaths than meets the eye , ” he said .
The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer , Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident .
He said , “ The remains of the kids were recovered from the pit without any mark of violence on them . We are still investigating how the kids got missing and died. ”
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