Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested an 18-year-old Senior Secondary School Student, Tope Fasanya, for allegedly poisoning the food of her guardian, Mrs. Esther Bada.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement said the suspect was arrested following a complaint by the victim.
The police spokesman said the victim reported that she was served food by her maid and after eating the meal, she felt a sharp pain in her stomach and became uncomfortable.
He said, “When the pain was becoming severe, she called the maid to come and eat the remaining food, but she refused. This made her suspect foul play on the part of the maid.
“Upon the report, the victim was quickly taken to the Owode-Egba General Hospital, from where she was referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, for proper medical treatment. The suspect was subsequently arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect initially denied and was transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
“On getting there, she made a confessional statement that she added rat poison to the victim’s food.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had been living with the woman since she was in primary three, and the woman was her class teacher then.
“Following the death of her father, the victim volunteered to help the girl by taking her to live in her house, and from there she could go to school on her bill.
“It was the victim that sponsored the suspect’s education up till her present class.
“When asked why she decided to kill her benefactor, the suspect, who described the victim as a very caring person, said she only wanted to return to her mother and she could only do that if her guardian was no more.”
The PPRO said state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had directed that the suspect be arraigned at the end of the police investigation.