The police in Ogun State have arrested a 26-year-old woman, Funmilayo Tijani, who allegedly stabbed her two-year-old son, Emmanuel, to death in the Sango Ota area of the state.
Funmilayo, a fashion designer, and her husband, identified simply as John, separated two years ago as a result of a quarrel. Funmilayo had returned to stay in her father’s apartment with her only child after the separation.
On May 27, at about 4pm, Funmilayo’s neighbours on Ogunso Street, Orelope Estate, in the Egan, Sango area, noticed that she held a bloodstained knife and saw Emmanuel in a pool of blood. The incident was reported at the Sango Police Division.
A resident of the area, Akeem Ijaola, said the boy died before he could be rushed to a hospital.
The suspect’s father, identified simply as Adebayo, said he was at a loss over Funmilayo’s action. The 53-year-old indigene of Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, said, “Funmilayo’s mother died about 20 years ago. She grew up staying with me. I married a second wife later, but separated from her years ago. Funmilayo had been staying with me since she separated from her husband.
“John initially refused to accept her pregnancy. But they went for a DNA test, which confirmed him as being responsible for the pregnancy. Thereafter, he took her to a place in Apapa, and they were planning to travel to his hometown in Delta State,. but I refused and asked her to come back home.”
Another neighbour, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Funmilayo might have committed the act out of frustration as she was financially and emotionally unstable.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident. He added that the police had deposited the corpse in a morgue.