An attempt by some students of the University of Lagos, Akoka, to perform a miracle by resurrecting the corpse of a 300-level student of Microbiology, Eniola Jacob, have landed them in Police net. The deceased Eniola Jacob was reported to have taken an insecticide, Sniper, last Saturday while on the campus and was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, where he died on Easter Sunday.
The students who tried to bring the corpse back to life were leaders of the Cherubim and Seraphim Students Fellowship on the campus, a group which Jacob was said to have been a very strong member before his demise.
Being unsettled with the antics of the students, the parents of the deceased invited policemen from the Ifo Police Division of the Ogun State Police Command, who arrested the zealous undergraduates. The suspects are Inerima Alaniye (a 400-level student of Mathematics); Awe Raphael (a 500-level student of Law); Adeboye Adeshola (a 200-level student of Political Science); and Arawomo Stephen.
Muyiwa Adejobi, the Police Public Relations Officer disclosed that the behavior of the students at Jacob’s grave raised suspicion, adding that they had been transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran. Muyiwa reported that during the burial of Eniola Jacob, the four students suddenly came forward and asked that the corpse be dug out from the ground. He said:
“They were arrested at the graveside. They were arrested because their actions were suspicious. They insisted on exhuming the corpse that had been buried. They said they wanted to resurrect it. It came to us as a surprise that in this modern age, some group of young boys would come out and say they want to resurrect a dead man.”
“We felt it was a strange development. If they were not cultists they would not make such a demand. We thought they were looking for parts of the deceased to tamper with and we took them to Eleweran for further investigations.”
Mr. Toyin Adebule, who is the Public Relations Officer of the University of Lagos, However, said he could not confirm the student’s arrest but established the correctness of Late Eniola Jacob’s intake of the insecticide on the school premises. According to Toyin:
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“This is a corona case and the school is not involved. It has nothing to do with the university. What happened was that he (Jacob) took Sniper and after taking it, the security was informed. He was initially talking, but suddenly he collapsed.
“He was rushed to the school’s health centre where he was resuscitated. Around 7pm, he was rushed to LUTH where he died some hours later. There is no indictment. I am not aware that some students of the school have been arrested.”