Last Friday [Aug 7], a 55-year-old woman, Amoke Adeko, jumped into a well in front of her residence on Ajilekege Street, Pipeline bus stop, Idimu, Lagos State.
Her grandson was said to be marking his birthday in the Igando area on the fateful day. A resident told PUNCH that Adeko’s daughter, Amirat, the mother of the birthday boy, had brought a package of food prepared during the ceremony for her mother. It was said that Amirat, however, refused to give the woman the package in person, but sent someone else to take the food to her.
PUNCH learnt that Adeko took the action as being shunned by her daughter and decided to end her life.
The resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The woman had not been herself since her husband died. Amirat brought the food for her that afternoon, but she avoided her and sent it through someone else. “I don’t know why she did that, but the mother felt embarrassed because she saw her daughter from afar. It was around 5pm. About two hours later, she jumped into the well.”
Adeko’s first son, Ahmed, said he was not aware that Amirat shunned their mother, adding that she usually visited him and his siblings. He said, “She used to come to my place; spend some weeks and visit my sister too. This is her husband’s house and we can’t say she should leave. Before the incident happened, she had been with my sister for some weeks. We took her to her church and after some prayers, we decided that she should go back home. That we don’t come here always does not mean we abandoned her. My dad died eight months ago; we did not abandon her.
“I don’t know what led to the incident but she was not traumatised. That day, my sister was marking her son’s birthday and I sent her to bring food for mum. She brought the food around 2pm. It was around 5.30pm that a resident called to inform me about the incident. She (Amirat) is not around now but she did not tell me that she gave the food to somebody else to deliver to her. What she told me was that she met her upstairs.”
The Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasaq Fadipe, confirmed the incident and urged the public to ensure that their wells were covered and locked whenever they were not in use.