The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old woman, Sukurat Olajoke, for killing her one-month-old baby and dumping her corpse in Ogun River.
According to a statement issued by the police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi on Sunday, March 28, the suspect was arrested by policemen attached to the Enugada divisional headquarters, Abeokuta, who were on a routine patrol.
Specifically, the detectives saw the woman throw something into the river.
The police stated that the suspicious behaviour of the woman, after throwing the object into the river, attracted the policemen who quickly apprehended her for questioning.
“It was on interrogation that the suspect, who lives at Agboole Alakoye area of Igbo Ora in Oyo state; confessed that what she threw into the river was the corpse of her one-month-old baby, who she killed out of frustration.
“She confessed further that the person responsible for her pregnancy and the baby rejected her and the baby. Since she had no means of taking care of the child, she decided to kill and throw her into the river.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had given birth to six other children for three different men; before getting pregnant for one man simply identified as Hakeem; who refused to accept the paternity of the child.
“The DPO later engaged the services of local divers, who helped in recovering the corpse of the child…It has been deposited at the General Hospital Mortuary.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect; to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.”
Meanwhile, the police has revealed that they have arrested 16 people for “complicity in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities” around Nigeria, especially in the South-east region.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, March 28, by the Police Spokesman, Frank Mba.
Several police officers have been killed lately in a string of attacks by gunmen; mostly around Nigeria’s South-east and South-south regions.
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Police stations are often the target of the attacks, which appeared coordinated. The gunmen would raid the armoury, cart away police rifles; and then set the stations on fire, during the attacks. Security vehicles on patrol have also been targeted by gunmen.
Mba stated that the arrest was “an outcome of painstaking, deliberate and tireless” collaborative effort; between the police, the Nigerian Army, and the Nigerian Airforce.