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Grieving Dad Keeps A Camera In His Daughter’s Coffin. When He Turns It On At Night, He Screams “NO!” –

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A father’s unspeakable grief has him install a camera in the lining of his deceased daughter’s casket on the night of her funeral. Imagining despair, he reviews the footage from the memory card of the camera, and what he sees makes him scream, “No!”#

Jason stood hunched amid the sea of black umbrellas. The rhythmic thud of dirt on Lily’s casket was a death knell in his soul. Then there was a flicker, a trace of something pale inside the coffin. It vanished, leaving only the pouring rain, the mourners’ quiet sobs, and a deep dread worming its way into his gut. This wasn’t right. Panic surged. He lunged forward and clawed at the freshly piled earth, his voice a ragged sob, “Stop! Something’s wrong!” Strong hands pulled him back as his desperate cries cut through the downpour. The world tilted sideways as they wrestled him away from the grave. Jason’s cries were primal, the agony of a father who had already lost everything. That flicker of light—it could be nothing, but it could be everything too.

That night, no amount of whiskey could drown the image of that pale flicker, images of Lily trapped in the suffocating darkness, reaching towards him with pleading eyes. A feeling that she wasn’t truly gone wrapped around him like a shroud. Days were a haze of torment; meals were forgotten, and work was abandoned. Jason existed in a twilight world between sanity and the consuming, terrifying “what-ifs.” Lily’s face flickered through his waking thoughts. It wasn’t the peaceful image from her funeral; it was those terror-filled eyes from his nightmares.

Then it struck—a chilling certainty cut through the fog of despair. The camera—an absurd, morbid premonition had driven him to install it before the burial. It was a small motion-activated device, tucked discreetly inside the satin lining of her coffin. Could it hold proof that his fears weren’t the ravings of a grief-stricken mind?

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With shaking hands, Jason accessed the camera. The footage brought no relief. There was only crushing emptiness. Each hour scrolled past in an oppressive, inky blackness. But then, just before the coffin was sealed, there was a jolt to the camera. It was a blurry shape, indistinguishable at first. Then there was a flicker of movement—it looked like a small hand, impossibly pale, showing itself briefly before disappearing back into shadow.

“No,” he screamed. He zoomed and enhanced the footage until the pixels fractured. Those few frames were enough to ignite either the twisted tendrils of hope or the final descent into madness. He didn’t know anymore. All that mattered was the image seared into his mind and the desperate need to see for himself. Lily might be alive, and he wouldn’t rest until he knew, and the answer lay six feet under in the suffocating darkness of Lily’s coffin.

He lurched back from the computer. It was impossible. Lily was gone. She’d been certified deceased by doctors and mourned by a crowd he now viewed with suspicion. Yet the memory of that pale hand, that single fluid movement, gnawed at him like a parasite. A perverse kind of hope ignited. Was this a system malfunction? A corrupted file? A cruel trick of the universe? It had to be something, anything other than the dreadful, sickening truth the image implied.

He scrolled through the footage once more and dissected each minute of that final descent: the pallbearers’ solemn faces, the priest’s final words, the unnatural stillness settling over his daughter’s coffin. None of it had seemed amiss at the time. Now it all felt like a mockery, a macabre play acted out for the benefit of a grieving father. Had their eyes seen it too—the pale flicker and the desperate movement of tiny fingers? The sickening realization was as unbearable as it was impossible to ignore. This secret might not be his alone.

Fear and hope waged a vicious war within Jason. Logic whispered that it was a glitch, a cruel prank played by his own broken mind, yet his gut screamed a different truth: his Lily was alive. It was a monstrous concept, bordering on sacrilege, but he was thinking of exhuming her grave. The desperate, animalistic need to know overpowered any shred of decorum that remained. He stumbled to the phone. Jason’s hand shook as he dialed the cemetery office. His voice was hoarse and barely recognizable, choked with the weight of his impossible demand. Disbelief, pity, and thinly veiled whispers of “the poor, deranged father” washed over him as he pleaded his case. Finally, they relented; they cited extenuating circumstances and the crushing weight of grief.

The drive to the cemetery was a blur. Rain lashed against the windshield while a storm raged within him. Each mile stretched into an eternity. Finally, the iron gates loomed ahead. They stood like sentinels against the desecration he was about to commit. Workmen were hastily summoned. They regarded him with unease and mournful respect. He was an intrusion upon this place of rest—a distraught father who refused to accept the finality of death. Jason barely noticed their disapproving glances. His world had narrowed to a single point: the freshly dug mound of earth that might hold the answer to his prayers or his final descent into madness.

Time fractured. Each swing of the shovel felt like a slow-motion nightmare. The relentless rain turned the upturned earth into thick, choking mud. His clothes were soaked, and his heart thundered a frenzied drumbeat in his ears. Every muscle in his body ached with desperate, agonizing tension. He wanted to lunge forward, to tear through the earth himself, but a sliver of sanity held him back.

And then, the thud—it was a sickening sound amid the rhythmic downpour. They’d struck the lid. The moments that followed became a horrifying tableau that would be forever etched into his mind. The ropes creaked in protest as they hoisted the casket from its resting place. The mud clung obscenely to its once-pristine surface. He stood frozen, a grotesque parody of a mourner, unable to look away as they pried the lid open with a sickening crack.

Inside, shrouded in satin, lay Lily. She was still and unchanged. She looked so small, so impossibly fragile against the starkness of the coffin. He collapsed to his knees. Great, racking sobs tore through him. The heartbreak was like a tidal wave that smothered the flickering embers of impossible hope. His daughter was gone. She was truly gone, and he’d violated her resting place on the strength of a grainy image and a desperate delusion. He was a monster. Shame seared through Jason. Self-loathing cut far deeper than any grief. He wanted the earth to swallow him whole.

Through a blur of tears, he saw the cemetery worker extend a hand and offer to help him to his feet. Jason recoiled, his voice a strangled whisper, “Leave me.” He didn’t know how long he stayed there. Rain soaked his skin while guilt and sorrow consumed him. Each raindrop felt like a condemnation. Finally, once strength had deserted him utterly, he crawled away from his daughter’s grave. Jason left Lily to the peace he had so cruelly stolen.

Eventually, strong hands found him and pulled him away. It was a police officer—not the accusing figure he’d expected, but one with eyes that held a flicker of understanding. The officer’s voice was surprisingly gentle, “Come on, let’s get you out of this rain.” Jason could barely comprehend the words. His mind was a muddled mess of guilt, a desolate wasteland. He let himself be led away, stumbling like a broken puppet. Somewhere distant, he registered the sympathetic murmurs of groundskeepers and recalled the lingering pity in their eyes.

They settled him in the back of the police cruiser. He sat hunched and stared blankly ahead as the officer circled the vehicle. Through the rain-splattered window, Lily’s grave was a stark blur amid the rows of headstones. “Look, Jason,” the officer said, “I get it. Losing a child is the worst thing imaginable. Your mind plays tricks.” He paused, as if searching for the right words. “What you saw on the tape—it likely wasn’t what you hoped. Animals can get into places you wouldn’t think possible, especially with all this rain.”

The officer’s words barely registered at first. They were little more than a muffled buzz against the backdrop of Jason’s own self-recrimination. But slowly, the horrifying truth they implied sank in. Animals—mice, perhaps—burrowing into the satin lining, or something larger, attracted by the scent of decay beneath the sealed casket. The image of his daughter’s body, no longer at rest but ravaged by the grotesque processes of nature, was a fresh wave of agony. He retched, and his stomach churned.

“It happens,” the officer said. The words seemed to echo from a vast distance. “Caskets aren’t airtight. It doesn’t happen often, thank God, but we’ve seen it before. It disturbs the mourners, understandably.” There was another pause, and then, “I’m truly sorry, Jason.”

Jason barely heard him. Each word pierced through the haze of grief and revealed the horrifying truth his delusion had obscured. Lily had never been alive. That desperate, frantic movement on the tape, the image he’d clung to with such desperate hope, had never been a sign of life. It had been the gruesome spectacle of decay.

Anger, hot and bitter, rose in his throat. He was mad at the universe for its cruelty, at the doctors

who had pronounced her dead with such finality, at himself most of all for his foolish, desperate hope. Hadn’t he learned his lesson when Lily first fell ill—that life was precious and fleeting? Hadn’t her death been enough of a wound? He’d wanted a miracle, a reprieve from the unyielding finality of death. Instead, he’d only made the pain a thousand times worse. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

The days that followed were an endless procession of hollow motions. Jason went through the paces of living, but the spark within him was extinguished. Work remained untouched; calls went unanswered. Meals were tasteless. His house, once a refuge, had turned into a prison. Its silence was a lingering reminder of the absence that had swallowed his life whole. He knew what he had to do, what was logically expected of him. He was supposed to mourn, to seek solace in the company of friends and family. Then he had to slowly begin piecing together a life without his daughter. But something deep within him rebelled. There was a stubborn flicker that refused to be extinguished.

The image of Lily, trapped and pleading within her coffin, continued to haunt his waking hours. Then, as shadows lengthened, the nightmares began. She’d stand by his bed—not the smiling, healthy young woman he’d known, but a twisted, spectral figure. Her small form would be encased in the claustrophobic darkness of the grave. In his visions, her eyes were wide with terror, and her once sweet voice uttered a ragged sob of his name. And always, the hand—that pale, desperate hand—scrabbling against the satin.

He tried to convince himself that it was a hallucination, a cruel figment of a broken mind. But some dark, desperate part of him clung to the impossible idea that perhaps he hadn’t been imagining it at all. What if? The question fed on him like a parasite and slowly eroded what little remained of his sanity.

Then came a chilling resolution. He couldn’t live with this uncertainty, and he could no longer face this festering doubt. The only way to silence these spectral whispers, to lay the nightmares to rest, was to confront the truth at its source. After sunset, Jason slipped away from his house. He was driven by an obsessive need he could no longer deny. The cemetery became his nightly battleground. Huddled behind a large oak tree, he would fix his gaze on Lily’s grave. Hours stretched into eternity. His heart would lurch at every rustle of leaves and every shifting form in the gloom. But as the night wore on, the only movement would be the slow creep of clouds across the moon and the relentless drip, drip of dew upon the headstones.

Night after night, he kept his morbid vigil, yet his desperate yearning for proof remained unanswered. The grave maintained its terrible silence. Somehow, it was a cruel underscore of the unyielding finality of death. At dawn, he would stumble back to his empty house. Each morning, with a bitter twist of self-loathing, he would vow that night had been the last. But inevitably, as dusk fell, the spectral hand and Lily’s pleading cries would beckon him back into the night.

He returned to the footage and scrutinized those few damning seconds with manic intensity. Zooming, pausing, adjusting the playback speed until the image of the hand blurred and danced before his bloodshot eyes. He was searching for something, anything, to validate his obsession—a change in the light, a different angle, anything that would whisper the impossible, that he wasn’t mad, that Lily was still alive.

The world crumbled around him. Friends and colleagues were alarmed by his erratic behavior and deteriorating appearance. They offered support he couldn’t accept. He retreated further and snapped at any well-intentioned offer for help. The house fell into disarray, mirroring the chaos of his mind. His life had narrowed into a single point of obsession: the grave, the footage, and the maddening, gnawing question—what if?

It finally came on a night much like the first. The rain was beating a relentless rhythm upon the earth, and the cemetery transformed into an eerie landscape of shadows and whistling winds. Jason huddled beneath his usual oak. He was at the point of giving in to despair. The nights were taking their toll, and the festering uncertainty ate away what was left of his sanity. Then there was a flash of movement off to his left. It was a pale figure, barely visible through the downpour. It darted between the headstones. Jason’s heart lurched. This wasn’t a shadow trick, and it certainly wasn’t a rat lured by the scent of rain-soaked earth. It was something larger, unmistakably human, and whatever it was, it was moving with purpose.

Adrenaline surged through Jason. For the first time in weeks, he felt something other than the crushing weight of grief. The thrill of it made him heady. Was this his vindication, his proof that the impossible was possible? Or was it simply a new layer in his descent into madness? He didn’t know, and he didn’t care. To him, it didn’t really matter. Jason was weaker than he’d ever been, but he followed. The figure was unaware of his presence. It flitted further into the graveyard, then paused momentarily at a cluster of graves near the far wall. The next moment, it vanished from sight.

Jason closed the distance cautiously, with his heart pounding in his ears. He tried to separate the sound of the rain from any rustle or footstep. The figure reappeared. Jason’s hand flew to his mouth. It was kneeling at Lily’s grave. His fury was cold and absolute. More adrenaline coursed through his veins. How dare they? What were they thinking? This sacred space, this final resting place of his beloved child, was being violated, and her memory was being defiled once again.

Jason broke from the shadows. Rage flowered in him and gave him a monstrous strength. “Stop!” he tried to scream, but his voice was no more than a hoarse cry in the darkness. The figure spun with a startled gasp. Moonlight filtered briefly through the clouds and revealed a young woman. Her face was pale and tear-streaked, and her hands were caked with mud. For a heart-stopping moment, their eyes met. Jason saw a flicker of fear that looked a lot like his own.

“Who the hell are you?” he snarled. He started advancing on her. “And what do you think you’re doing?” The woman scrambled back. She shook like a reed in a gale. Then, in a devastating rush of clarity, Jason pieced together the fragments of this grotesque puzzle, and it made him stagger as if struck. The woman’s voice was choked with desperate sobs. “I was trying to… I just wanted to…”

All the anger left Jason as she turned around. Impossible, he thought. She looked so much like… “Who are you?” he asked again, the rage dissipating into a cold dread.

“My name is Maline,” her voice strengthened a little. “Lily was my sister, my twin.” Her words hit him like a physical blow. Slowly, the story unfolded. She told of how she and Lily had been separated at birth, how her own adoptive parents had died tragically years ago, and how she’d only recently learned the truth.

Jason stood frozen as she spoke. His world was in chaos yet again. All this time, Lily had not been alone. He remembered when they had adopted her. She was so tiny and scared, but over the years she became a pillar of resilience. She was gentle and kind; she understood what it meant to love. And she had a twin that she’d never met.

Jason’s carefully constructed world crumbled into dust. This time, the tears were not only for loss but also for a truth so monstrously beautiful it crushed him under its weight. For a while, he stood as if he had been turned to stone. Then he held both his hands out. “Come on,” he said. “We’re both torturing ourselves. Let’s get out of the rain. We’ll go somewhere for coffee, and we’ll talk about Lily until we can’t anymore.”

Maline took a few steps forward. Then she reached Jason and slipped her arms around him, as if she’d been doing it all her life. He felt Lily in her hug. This connection, this impossible twist of fate that brought him his daughter and her twin together in this grotesque symphony of grief—was this the miracle he’d never dared wish for? Could this be the beginning of something new, something forged from the ashes of despair?

A few years later, the cemetery was bathed in golden afternoon light. It was a place of peace now, not of pain. Lily’s ghost had been laid to rest. Jason and Maline stood side by side. The years had been kind; time had forged their shared grief into an unbreakable bond. Maline reached for Jason’s hand, and he squeezed back. This was their shared miracle and their bond. Lily might be gone, but she was never truly lost.

 

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Investigation Into Cause Of Lagos Cholera Outbreak Not Concluded

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The Lagos state government has explained that unregistered tiger nut drinks have not been identified as the cause of the recent cholera outbreak in the state.

There were reports that Kemi Ogunyemi, special adviser to the Lagos state governor on health, said unregistered tiger nut drinks had caused the outbreak.

In an interview on Saturday, Ogunyemi was quoted as saying a survey carried out in Eti-Osa LGA showed that people who visited hospitals in the early days of the outbreak all said they had consumed an unregistered tiger nut drink.

“We found empty bottles with a name on them, but we discovered that it wasn’t even registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the regulatory body that ensures the safety of consumables,” she was quoted as saying.

“There was a phone number and a name on the bottle, and we started tracing. We did contact tracing, similar to what we did with COVID-19. We combed the area to ask people where they got the drinks from.

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“We couldn’t find any full bottles. We only found empty ones, which were of no use because we could not test them. The phone number on the bottle was not reachable.”

Reacting to the reports, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, spokesperson of the ministry of health in Lagos, said Ogunyemi was misquoted.

“Investigations into what caused the outbreak is still ongoing. It is not true that it was caused by tiger nut drink,” he said.

On June 11, Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, said five people had died while about 60 residents were hospitalised as a result of the “suspected” cholera outbreak in some parts of the city.

Days later, the commissioner confirmed the cholera outbreak and said there have been 350 suspected cases — with 17 confirmed and 15 fatalities.

As of June 20, there have been 24 deaths and 35 confirmed cholera cases in Lagos.

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Christ Embassy Fire Under Control, Says Lagos Fire Service

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Margaret Adeseye, the Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, has revealed that the fire that engulfed the Christ Embassy Church located at Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos has been brought under control.

We reported earlier on Sunday that the building caught fire, and officials of the LSFRS were also reported to be at the scene to put the fire out.

In a statement on Sunday, Adeseye provided updates on the situation, stating that no casualties have been reported.

She wrote, “At 07:27 hours, a fire outbreak was reported at the Christ Embassy Church located on Billings Way, Ikeja.

“Firefighting units from Alausa and Ikeja fire stations were promptly dispatched and arrived at the scene by 07:36 hours. The church auditorium was found to be engulfed in flames. The fire is currently under control.” READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Adeseye added that some parts of the building have been pulled down to ensure that the fire is completely extinguished.

She added, “In addition, LASEMA’s excavator is being used to pull down some parts of the building to ensure complete extinguishment and to prevent further structural collapse.

“The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and investigations are underway to ascertain its origin.

“No casualties have been reported at this time. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.”

The President and founder of LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has also said the fire incident was not an accident but an avenue for bigger and better things.

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Ekiti University Student Slashes Her Colleague With Razor Blade During Argument

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Rachael Olufogbe, a 300-level student of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti in Ekiti State, has been arrested.

She was arrested by the police following a physical assault on a fellow student on Saturday.

It was gathered that the incident happened in a private hostel located in Oye Egbo, a community outside the school premises after Olufogbe and another female occupant disagreed with the right of drying line in the hostel.

The PUNCH correspondent learnt that the victim moved Olufogbe’s clothes to create space on the clothesline before spreading her clothes. However, Olufogbe protested this act, leading to an exchange of words between the two.

The situation escalated quickly as Olufogbe was said to have picked a blade to inflict bodily injuries on the victim. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Pictures obtained by our correspondent showed that the victim suffered bloody cuts in her throat, head, and chest.

The school’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sunday Fashina, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Saturday.

He said, “The incident happened outside the campus in a private hostel. Nobody dares that within the campus because they know the rules and regulations. If anyone tries that, it will catch up with them. The police are already handling it.

“The suspect is in police custody, and once it involves the police, we cannot interfere. When they are done with their investigations, they will write to the Vice-Chancellor to give their report, then we conduct our investigation. So, let’s wait for the outcome of the police investigation.”

Efforts to reach the state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, were unsuccessful as calls made to his phone rang out and he was yet to reply to a message sent to his WhatsApp line as of press time.

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