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Crime & Punishment of Monday, 8 November 2021


Osun couple in trouble for killing, burying 2 children

Scene of the crime Scene of the crime

A 43-year-old man simply identified as Sanjo, and his wife are in trouble for allegedly killing their children and burying them on their farmland in Osogbo, Osun State.

The state Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barr Olubukola Olaboopo, who confirmed the arrest of the couple, said the duo have been handed over to the police.

She described the action of the couple as wicked, saying that the government of Adegboyega Oyetola will not condone acts of violence, child abuse or any other related act in the state.

Olaboopo, who vowed that the perpetrators will not go unpunished, warned those involved in such heinous acts to desist.

Sanjo, in a statement, said that he married his wife in 2008, and God blessed them with five children.

He confessed that he beat their third child to death unintentionally, adding, “I and my wife buried the child on our farmland.”

His wife also confessed that four of their five children were dead, remaining a newly born baby who was delivered recently, despite their efforts to terminate him during pregnancy.

She explained that they decided to kill two of the babies due to poverty, while they dumped the third one around Technical Area, Osogbo.

Narrating her ordeal in the hands of her husband, she said, apart from constantly subjecting her to hard labour on his farm, the man was fond of beating and tying her down before sexual intercourse.

The woman also confessed that on several occasions, she had been compelled to source sexual partners for the suspect.

She narrated how they had made several abortion attempts on the new baby, but their efforts were futile.