The Police in Benin City, over the weekend, confirmed in an autopsy report that the toddler who was mysteriously found dead in school on November 2012, died from asphysia or a lack of oxygen which interferes with the oxygenation of the blood before drowning to death.
The autopsy buttresses hypothesis that the child may have been forced into the drum of water and drowned with outside help due to negligence on the part of the teachers and nannies.
The case of the dead girl was reported at the Etete police station last week with her class teacher and two nannies arrested while the autopsy was signed by Dr Wilson Akhiwu of the Police Medical Services.
The 4-year old girl identified as Imiefan Omokaro, was a pupil of Kingdom Heritage Model School, owned by the Winners Chapel along Sapele road in Benin-City and was said to have fallen into a drum which was half filled with water and usually located in the toilet area.
Sources said even her class teacher was unaware that she had left the class to ease herself until a co-teacher found the little girl lying lifeless at the toilet and raised the alarm which attracted the entire school.
The girl whose body was said to be warm at the time was later taken into the church, instead of being rushed to a nearby hospital, where pastors reportedly engaged in marathon prayers to revive the girl.
It was learnt that when the mother of the child, Mrs. Omokaro showed up at the school’s closing time of 1.30pm to pick her daughter, the class teacher told her that they were looking for the child.
Shocked Mrs. Osarugue Omokaro and several other teachers and parents spent over two hours searching everywhere in the school only to find the corpse of the child and took her belatedly to a hospital where a nurse on duty confirmed her dead.