A 30-year-old housewife, Shukurat Olufowobi has been arrested by the men of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly beating her five-year-old step-son, Azeem Olufowobi to death.
The Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement in Abeokuta, said the suspect hit the head of the deceased with an object resulting in a skull injury that eventually led to his death.
Oyeyemi added that members of the public reported the incident to the Police at Ogijo division.
According to Oyeyemi, “the suspect and her husband hurriedly took the corpse of the victim to Ajah in Lagos State where he was secretly buried.”
On receiving the information, the DPO of 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.
Oyeyemi disclosed that preliminary investigation by the Police, revealed that the woman had been maltreating the deceased whose mother had separated from the father due to unreconcilable differences.
Narrating the incident, Oyeyemi, said, “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’s 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 are helping the Police in their investigation”, Oyeyemi added.
Meanwhile, 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.