An eight-month-old baby, simply identified as Abdulaziz, was on Thursday found dead inside a four-feet drum of water in Benin.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred early Thursday morning at No 53 Obakhavbave Street, Benin City.
It was gathered that the mother of the baby had gone to urinate outside at about 6 am, but did not find the baby where she kept him.
After three hours of searching around the house, the baby was eventually found inside the drum of water dead.
The landlord of the house, Mr. Ali Abubakar, said he was observing his prayers when he heard shouting and wailing.
Ali said he went downstairs and was told that Abdulaziz died inside a drum of water.
“It is difficult for that baby to open that drum and enter inside. We don’t know what happened yet but it is a mystery,’’ Abubakar said.
A neighbour, who gave her name as Blessing Akpo, told NAN that it was only God that could unravel the baby’s killers.
“I have never seen where a baby of eight months will open a drum of water, enter inside and close it,’’ she said.
Mother of the baby could not talk as she was still in shock.
NAN also noticed the presence of some policemen from Aideyan Police station at the residence to investigate the incident.
When contacted, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzour, the Command’s PPRO told NAN that he had just being briefed about the case.
He added that the command was already investigating the circumstances leading to the death of the boy.