An artisan who was simply identified Andrew Koku has revealed why he killed his six months old baby, Precious Koku, on Christmas Eve.
Andrew, who resides at Ayedere community in Obada area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, said he intentionally murdered the baby to free him from an anticipated burden of caring for the neonate, should the mother flee the matrimonial home to meet her ex – husband.
The suspect was arrested by policemen from the Adigbe Divisional Headquarters same day the crime was committed.
It was learnt that Andrew’s wife had left the baby with him on Christmas Eve while she left for her ex – husband place, but returned to meet the lifeless body of the baby.
And suspecting foul play, she reported the incident at the Adigbe Divisional Police Headquarters where operatives were detailed to arrest the man.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest, said Andrew had confessed to committing the crime.
“The suspect was arrested for intentionally killing his six month old baby by name Precious Koku and following a complaint from the mother of the baby, Omowumi Teleda.
“Omowumi lodged complaint at Adigbe Divisional Headquarters that she went out briefly to see her first child she had with her ex-husband, leaving the six month old baby behind with the father, only for her to come back and meet the dead body of the child.
“She explained further that the baby was hale and hearty before she left home and within an hour of her outing, the baby has dropped dead. This made her to strongly suspect her husband who happened to be the only person with the baby.
“Upon her complaint, the DPO Adigbe Division, CSP Sunday Oladipo, detailed police detectives to the scene where the suspect was arrested on December 24.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime but claimed to be suspecting that his wife wanted to leave him for her ex-husband and that if that should happened, he will not be able to take care of the baby and that was the reason why he decided to eliminate the child,” Abimbola stated.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that Andrew be transferred to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.