The Lagos State Police Command has arrested four persons for their alleged role in the death of a married woman identified simply as Seyi. PUNCH METRO learnt that on December 12, 2011, the four suspects; Adebayo Oloko 29, Igbasan Tunde 36, Funmi Akinjomo and Kunle Owomi 36, were arrested while trying to dispose of the corpses of the deceased and her baby.
A police source, who craved anonymity, told our correspondent that the suspects were arrested at midnight by security operatives attached to ‘OPERATION MESA.’
He said, “On the said date, around 1am, the suspects were trying to dispose of the corpses at a nearby Lagoon by Alimi Street, Ebute Ilaje, when they were apprehended by men of OP MESA.
“Oloko claimed the deceased was his wife and she had died during labour. However, the policemen were not satisfied with his alibi and we launched an investigation.”
It was learnt that policemen attached to Bariga Police Division, immediately launched a full-scale investigation wherein it was revealed that the deceased was actually married to someone else.
The source said, “The police learnt that Oloko was a next door neighbour of the deceased and had a sexual liaison with her thereby impregnating her. It was discovered in the course of investigation that the deceased was even married to someone else.
“It was also learnt that prior to the tragic incident, the deceased had been going for ante-natal care at another hospital in company with her husband. But on the day she went into labour, her husband was not at home and Oloko took her elsewhere.
Consequently, the deceased was rushed to a make-shift clinic where she was in labour for 14 hours before she finally gave up the ghost.”
When our correspondent visited the make-shift clinic located at a one-room shack on Olatunji Street, Ebute-Ilaje, it was learnt that it was the residence of Akinjomo, a 53-year-old quack nurse and one of the detained suspects.
The case has been transferred to the homicide unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department.
When our correspondent visited the SCID, it was learnt that the suspects confessed to the crime in written statements but denied that they were attempting to dispose of the corpses.
A senior police officer at the SCID, who craved anonymity, said, “Oloko was the boyfriend and father of the deceased baby, he took the woman to the clinic. Igbasan is the doctor; Akinjomo is the nurse and Owomi is an accomplice.
“Detectives learnt that Igbasan, who was helping to deliver of the baby, was not a real doctor. He had only received training at Ondo State School of Health Technology where he was certified as a community health extension worker in 2002. It was probably his inexperience that prolonged the labour.”