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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 22 July 2021


17-year-old boy cracks stepfather’s skull with pestle, victim dies

Murder Murder

A 17-year-old boy, identified only as Junior, has allegedly murdered his stepfather, Adebowale Okuwobi, with a pestle in Lagos State.

According to reports, 42-year-old Okuwobi, a commercial driver, was asleep when his stepson allegedly attacked him with a pestle on Monday, July 5, 2021.

Okuwobi's skull was fractured from the attacks. He was taken to 10 different hospitals before being pronounced dead.

Reports also indicated that Junior’s mother, who married Okuwobi 12 years ago, entered the union with three children from her previous marriage.

Junior was said to be the youngest of the children.

Okuwobi's elder brother, Sunday Adenuga, stated that the suspect and his mother fled after seeing the victim’s critical condition.

“My brother and his wife lived together for 12 years without any misunderstanding. The family just received a call that he was asleep when his stepson took a pestle and attacked him while he was asleep. The boy is known to be a chain smoker on the street.

“The wife and her son have run away. They knew he would eventually die when they saw his critical condition. Our mother was the one carrying him around hospitals. We were planning to take him to Ijebu before he died today (Saturday). We will bury him at his uncompleted building in Sango Ota,” he said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, stated only the attack was reported to the police.

“The attack was reported, but not his death. When it was reported, the mother and son had absconded before the police got to the place. That was the last time we heard from them. The CP has directed that the matter be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for proper investigation.”

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