Family, friends and neighbours are left in awe over the mysterious death of two brothers inside a deep freezer in Ondo State.

Olubunmi Olaitan, mother of the deceased brothers, Oluwafemitan, 9 and Oluwafifunmi Olaitan, 7 only returned home at 6, Road 1, Eyin Ala, Akure from her brief outing to discover the lifeless bodies of her children inside an unused deep freezer on Monday April 9, 2018.

Wailing uncontrollably, the mother said she left the house briefly with the children playing, but by the time she returned, they had died in the non-functional freezer.

While confirming the development, the state Police spokesman, Femi Joseph, who described the incident as unfortunate, stated that there was no trace that the boys were killed and no arrest has been made so far.

“We did not suspect any foul play because it appears as if the kids were playing inside the deep freezer and they were locked up in the process, while there was nobody at home to open the door for them” he said.

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Every attempt to speak with the deceased father was unsuccessful as he was not available to grant a press interview.

However, sympathisers and neighbours within and outside the vicinity have continued to express shock and divergent views over the sad incident.

Mariam Adebisi, a trader who lives on the same street with the bereaved parents confirmed that she saw the kids a day earlier and was surprised to hear that they are dead the following day.

"I find it difficult to believe when I heard it because I still saw them a day before and non of them showed any sign of sickness. It was a disheartening news," she said.

For Kola Akinnayajo, a commercial cab operator and family friend to the bereaved parents, it was a sad moment for him and his family.

According to him, he had known the family for over ten years and they have been very passionate about everything that has to do with their children.

"I was at the naming ceremonies of the children at different times. I loved them and played with them like my own kids whenever I saw them. They hardly wandered around the area like other kids. They were disciplined and very friendly. I couldn't control my emotion when I heard that they were suffocated to death inside a deep freezer. It is so sad." He concluded.

In his own view, Lanre Atikase, an Okada rider vehemently condemned the idea of leaving an unused deep freezer at home where children are left alone to play.

"You know children can be very stubborn especially the male children. A boy nearly jumped inside a well last week while he was playing with his friends. It was the grace of God that saved him.

"If you are not using something, give it out or dispose it, so that it won't create more problem for you at home.

"If they had disposed the unused deep freezer, probably this might not have happened to the family. I pray that God will console them," he said

In her own submission, Folake Adesoye, a Head Teacher at Immaculate Nursery and Primary School, Akure advised parents to be very vigilant at this holiday period. While condoling with the affected family, Adesoye who also doubled as children counsellor urged parents to keep a close tab on their wards while at home.

"Holiday period always proffer an opportunity for children to explore and test the depth of a sea with both feet.

"This is normal because as innocent children, they feel they are always denied of certain right while in school and a time of holiday like this is when they feel they can enjoy an unfettered freedom and unrestricted access to many things they feel they were denied." She said.

However, the police spokesman confirmed that the Police have commenced investigation in order to ascertain the remote cause of the occurrence.

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