A petty trader and step-mother has been arrested over the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of her step-son at High School Area in Akure.
The woman identified as Mrs. Rukayat Osisi was arrested on the basis of the comments of her neighbours who told the police that she and her husband, the father of the 13 years old primary five pupil, Awal Osisi who ‘committed suicide’ used to maltreat the deceased.
It was gathered that the father who works outside Akure, and only visits every weekend, recently seized the boy’s school uniform and books following a report from the wife that the deceased misbehaved while he was away in his station.
Mrs.Osisi had told the police that Awal (remains inset) used a belt to hang himself in his parents’ room on Wednesday when no one was at home. She made the report at about 1.40pm, three hours after she claimed she found the dangling body of the boy in the room.
But the police are curious as to why it took her that long to come to the station, and tampering with evidence by evacuating the body before reporting to the police.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ondo State command, Mr. Wole Ogodo confirmed the incident, adding that full scale investigation had commenced.
He said, “At about 1335hrs on Wednesday, one Rukayat Osisi ‘f’ of High School area Akure, came to ‘A’ Division Akure and reported that at about 10:00hrs of the same date, she discovered that one Awal Osisi ‘m’ now deceased, 13 years, allegedly died inside the room after committing suicide. The complainant further stated that the victim allegedly hanged himself with a belt tied to the door handle of the room. She further stated that she removed the corpse of the deceased to the Ondo State specialist hospital before coming to the police station to report.”
Ogodo, however, said that upon the receipt of the complaint, men of the command visited the scene, took some photographs but discovered that the story of the woman was difficult to believe.
“She is presently undergoing interrogation,” he added, saying that the case would be transferred to state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for discreet investigation.
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