Samuel, the teenage son of Pastor Owulo Obu, has drowned at Lekki Beach, Lagos Nigeria, where he and others went for the New Year revelry.
P.M.NEWS learnt that while church members at Latter House of God Church located at 26/27 Guinness Street, Pero bus stop, Agege, Lagos, were preparing for their new year carnival, 17-year old Samuel in company of a female member of his father’s church, Comfort Adikpe, 30, her boyfriend, Busayo and her younger brother, Godwin, went to the beach to enjoy themselves.
P.M.NEWS gathered that before Samuel went to the beach on Sunday, he approached his mother to give him transport money. But when she delayed, he went into his mother’s bedroom and picked a N1,000 note for his journey.
Comfort confirmed that Samuel drowned at the beach when he and her brother, Godwin, went to play in the Atlantic sea waves.
“When the wave swept him away, we begged the divers to rescue Samuel and after some efforts they retreated when the wave was about sweeping them away also.”
She added that Pastor Obu was informed on phone that his son had been swept away by the wave while the matter was later reported at the police station at about 7.35 p.m on Sunday.
She said she was detained till the following morning when she was released.
Comfort, a recharge card seller who hails from Benue State, north-central Nigeria, added that Samuel and Godwin were drummers at Latter House of God founded by Samuel’s father.
At the pastor’s residence yesterday, the mother of the late Samuel was still in shock when P.M.NEWS called. All she could manage to say was, “we are still confused about what happened to my first child.”
—Oluwole Adeboye & Ayodeji Dedeigbo