The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old mother of six, identified as Sukurat Olajoke, for allegedly killing her one-month-old baby and dumping the corpse in the Ogun River.
The suspect reportedly confessed after her arrest that she was frustrated following the rejection of the baby by the father and decided to kill the infant and throw it into the Ogun River at Lafenwa, Abeokuta.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, made this known in a statement on Sunday.
Oyeyemi stated that Olajoke was arrested by policemen attached to the Enugada Divisional Headquarters, Abeokuta, who were on a routine patrol with the Divisional Police Officer, SP Baba Hamzat.
According to him, the policemen saw the woman throwing something suspicious into the river and her behavior afterward attracted the cops, who arrested her for questioning.
The PPRO said, “It was during interrogation that the suspect, who lives at Agboole Alakoye area of Igbo Ora in Oyo State, confessed that what she threw into the river was the corpse of her one-month-old baby, whom she killed out of frustration.
“She further confessed that the person, who was responsible for the pregnancy, rejected her and the baby, and since she had no means of taking care of the baby girl, she decided to kill and throw her into the river.
“Primary investigation revealed that the suspect had given birth to six other children for three different men before she became pregnant for one man simply identified as Hakeem, who denied the paternity of the child.
“The DPO later engaged the services of local divers, who helped in recovering the corpse of the child, and it has been deposited in the general hospital mortuary.”
The PPRO said the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.