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Why I Killed My Month-Old Baby — Mother Of Six

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A 35-year-old mother of six, Sukurat Olajoke, has confessed to the police in Ogun State that she killed her month-old baby out of frustration.

Olajoke, who was arrested by police officers on routine patrol after she dumped the baby’s corpse in a river in Abeokuta, the state capital, said she killed her baby after the man responsible rejected the baby, dumped and abandoned her.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, in a statement explained that Olajoke was arrested when policemen attached to Enugada divisional headquarters in Abeokuta who were on routine patrol saw the woman throwing something suspicious into the river.

He said, “The suspicious behaviour of the woman, after throwing the object into the river attracted the policemen who quickly apprehended her for questioning.

“It was on interrogation that the suspect, who lives at Agboole Alakoye area of Igbo Ora in Oyo state, confessed that she threw into the river the corpse of her one-month-old baby, who she killed out of frustration.”

She added 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”.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had given birth to six other children for three different men before gotten pregnant for one man simply identified as Hakeem who refused to accept the paternity of the child”.

Oyeyemi added ” the DPO later engaged the service of local divers, who assisted in recovering the corpse of the child, and it has been deposited at the General Hospital mortuary.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, 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.

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