Temitope Akinola, a woman living in the Isote area of Sagamu, Ogun State, has confessed to killing her two-day-old grandchild with banned substance, Sniper.
Akinola, 42, was said to have told police and neighbours that she committed the crime to abort the marriage plans between her daughter and the father of the baby.
She also confessed that she had previously attempted to kill the baby while her daughter was still pregnant with her.
The grandmother further told the police that she had wanted to terminate her daughter’s pregnancy when she discovered it, but her pastor advised against it.
It was learnt that while the mother of the baby went to the bathroom to have her bath, she left the baby girl in the care of the grandmother.
However, she met the lifeless body of the baby upon her return.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state police command spokesperson, who confirmed the arrest of the woman in a release on Sunday, said the suspect had admitted to poisoning the “baby with a deadly insecticide known as sniper.”
Abimbola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), added that the corpse of the baby has been deposited at the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital(OOUTH), Sagamu, for autopsy, while the suspect has been transferred to homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.
“The suspect was arrested following an information received by police in Sagamu division after the reported death of the child that the suspect, who has never hidden her hatred for her son in – law and who happened to be the father of the baby was the only person with the child while the baby’s mother went to take her birth, only for her to come back and met the lifeless body of the baby.
“The Divisional Police Officer, Sagamu Division, Okiki Agunbiade, a Superintendent of Police detailed detectives to the scene where the killer grandmother was promptly arrested,” Abimbola stated.