The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a hairdresser, Folashade Odubayo for allegedly throwing her two-year-old son, Rilwan Asore into a well in Ajegunle along Ikorodu road, Lagos Mainland.
According to the Police, the infant was recovered dead from the well after some residents of the community, who saw his body floating reported the incident at the Owode Onirin Division.
The suspect, who fled the scene, was reportedly tracked down last Wednesday at her residence in a neighbouring community. It was learnt that the suspect has three kids including Rilwan, and are fathered by three different men.
Upon interrogation, the suspect told the Police that the infant died after a complication at her boyfriend’s residence in Ajegunle during a visit. She stated that she threw the corpse into the well out of confusion.
In her words; “I gave birth to him on the road, on my way to a hospital. He started gasping while she was six months old and I took him to Ikorodu General Hospital. I was told that he had a hole in the heart and that I would need about N1.5m to carry out a surgery on him in India.
“I was calling his father and telling him about our child’s case for one year, but he did not show up. I even told his sister about it.
“On July 30, I went to visit my boyfriend, Ola, and took Rilwan along with me. While I was waiting for Ola to come back from work, he started gasping again. I held him to my chest, but he did not survive it. I didn’t know what to do. I was confused. I threw his corpse inside the well because I didn’t know what to tell his father.
“I have two other children – a boy and a girl. I cannot kill my own child. Why should I kill him?”
Commenting on the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the suspect had been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation.
“Around 8am on Monday, a resident of Omowale Street, Ajegunle, reported that he saw the corpse of a two-year-old child later identified as Rilwan Asore inside a well in the above address.
“The scene was promptly visited by detectives. The corpse was removed and taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary for autopsy. The mother of the deceased has been arrested. On interrogation, she confessed that she threw the baby into the well,” he said.