For suspecting that her 11-year-old neighbour’s son, Kehinde Ojo, stole her N3,000, a 31-year-old woman, Shade Adelowo, is currently in the custody of the Ogun State police command for using a razor blade to inflict injuries on the boy.
Spokesman for the police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this to newsmen on Monday.
Oyeyemi said Adelowo had on Sunday accused the boy of stealing a sum of N3,000 from her purse.
The police image maker also disclosed that the mother of the victim lodged a report at Agbado police station, leading the police to arrest the suspect, who is a mother of two living at the Giwa Oke-Aro area of Agbado.
Kehinde’s mother in her report to the police, said the victim had accused her son of stealing her money, and as a result, she inflicted the injuries on him with a razor blade.
On the receipt of that report, the DPO of the Agbado division, CSP Kehinde Kuranga, was said to have detailed detectives to the scene to arrest the suspect.
“On interrogation, the woman claimed that the victim who used to stay with her whenever his mother is not around, stole N3,000 from her purse and that she did not know what came over her to inflict such grievous injuries on the boy,” Oyeyemi said.
The suspect, the police public relations officer said, claimed that she had been taking care of the boy and his twin brother for a while, adding that the incident was the “devil’s handiwork.”
According to him, preliminary investigation had revealed that the victim’s mother had been abandoned by her husband, with three children.
The woman, Oyeyemi said, engaged in menial jobs to cater for her children, whom she used to keep under the care of the suspect whenever there was the need to go out for work.
“She stated further that it was a thing of surprise for her when she saw what the suspect did such to her son because she had been very good to her in the past,” it was said.
While disclosing that the victim had been taken to hospital for treatment, Oyeyemi added that Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the anti-human trafficking and child labour unit.