By Tunde Oyekola
Corpses of the two missing pupils of Ifeolu Junior Secondary School, Osogbo, Osun State, found floating on Osun River on Wednesday have been buried at the bank of the river.
Sources close to the families of the pupils said immediately after the corpses of the two pupils were recovered at the river and handed over to their families by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the parents invited Osun traditional worshippers who performed some rituals in line with Yoruba tradition before the burial.
It was gathered that the pupils were buried on Thursday. The two pupils had gone missing since Monday with their parents searching everywhere for them.
The parents were said to have broken down in tears on seeing the corpses of their children at the river.
The pupils were identified as Samson Obasanjo, a pupil of Junior Secondary School 2 at Ifeolu Secondary School, Osogbo and the second boy, identified simply as Kabiru, was also in the same class and school with Obasanjo.
The pupils were found floating by a woman who had gone to the river to fetch water.
The people of Oke- Ijetu area of Osogbo were thrown into confusion when the woman raised the alarm following her discovery of the corpses of the pupils floating on the water.
When the woman discovered the floating corpses of the pupils, she threw away her bucket and ran to the street where she raised the alarm.
Based on her action, the case was reported to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and a rescue team from the security agency was deployed to the scene.
The Head, Disaster Rescue Team of the NSCDC in Osun State, Mr. Olufemi Awofade, who confirmed the incident, said the team had removed the corpses of the pupils.
He said after recovering the corpses of the pupils, their parents took charge and called the worshipers of Osun goddess to perform certain rites on them before they could be buried at the river bank according to Yoruba tradition.
Awofade said: “They called us that a woman went to fetch water at Odo Osun on Wednesday and the woman saw corpses on the water.
“She was said to have run back and told the people around and information got to us. We moved to the river and brought out the pupils who we later discovered were pupils of Ifeolu Secondary School.
“They called Osun worshipers to come and perform some rites on the corpses before they could be buried.”