The State of Osun Government has arrested a resident simply identified as Sanjo, in Osogbo, the state capital, for allegedly beating his two month old child to death.
The state Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Olubukola Olaboopo, in a statement on Sunday, said the 43-year-old suspect, who lived around the Alekuwodo area, had been handed over to the police.
Olaboopo, who lead the team to the scene claimed that the ministry got wind of the crime through a source, said government officials moved in and arrested the suspect.
The statement quoted Sanjo as saying he got married to his wife in 2008 and they had five children. He made it known that it was the third child that he beat unintentionally to death.
The suspect said, “My wife left the child with me and she started crying. I did all I could to placate her, but she kept crying. Something just came upon me and I beat the two months old baby to death. My wife and I buried the child on our farmland”,
But the statement said Sanjo’s wife, while being interrogated, claimed that four of their five children had died, leaving them with only the last child.
She explained that she conspired with her husband to kill two of the children due to poverty, while they dumped one child around the Osogbo Technical School area.