Sukurat Olajoke, a mother of six and a resident of Agboole Alakoye in Igbo Ora in Oyo State, has been arrested by operatives of Ogun State police command for killing her own one-month-old baby.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s Public Relations Officer.
According to the police, Olajoke, who is 35 years old, was arrested when policemen attached to Enugada divisional headquarters, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, were on routine patrol with the Divisional police officer, SP Baba Hamzat.
It stated that during the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to have thrown into the Ogun River in Abeokuta the corpse of her one-month-old baby, whom she killed out of frustration.
The statement read: “They saw the woman throwing something suspicious into the river, the suspicious behavior of the woman, after throwing the object into the river attracted the policemen who quickly apprehended her for questioning.
“She confessed further that, the person who is responsible for the pregnancy of the baby, rejected her and the baby, and since she has no means of taking care of the child, she decided to kill and throw her into the river,” the statement read.
The command’s police public relations officer said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had given birth to six other children for three different men before another pregnancy for one man, identified simply as Hakeem, who refused to accept the paternity of the child.
“The DPO later engaged the service of local divers, who helped in recovering the corpse of the child, and it has been deposited at the general hospital mortuary,” the statement read.
The Ogun PPRO noted that Edward Ajogun, the state Commissioner of Police, 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.