Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command on Sunday arrested a 30-year-old housewife, Shukurat Olufowobi for allegedly beating his five-year-old step-son to death.
The suspect, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi was arrested following a report from members of the public who informed Police at Ogijo Division that the deceased was beaten with an object on his head which gave him a skull injury that eventually resulted to his death.
Oyeyemi disclosed that the woman and her husband hurriedly took the corpse of the victim to Ajah in Lagos State where he was secretly buried.
“Upon the information, the DPO Ogijo Division, Suleman Baba Muhammed, quickly mobilised his detectives to the scene where the couple who had started packing their belongings away from the area were promptly arrested.”
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the woman had been maltreating the victim whose mother had separated from the father due to unreconcilable differences.”
Oyeyemi further explained, “On the fateful day, the boy was beaten on the head with a heavy object which caused him a broken skull resulting to his eventual death.”
“The nurse who gave the victim first aid treatment and informed the couple of her observation was pleaded with by the woman and her friend to lie about the cause of the victim death but she refused because it is against the ethics of her profession.”
“The couple Ayuba Olufowobi and Shukurat Olufowobi are currently undergoing interrogation at Ogijo Divisional headquarters and they were helping the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.