A man in Ijoko-Abule, in the Lemode area of Ogun State, has killed his baby through poisoning in a desperate attempt to divorce his wife.
The man, identified as Kazeem Olajide, last Friday, 24 July, at about 7:00am, allegedly poisoned his 41-day-old baby, Zainab, in a desperate attempt to divorce his wife.
The incident happened at Toluwalase Estate, Ijoko-Abule, in the Lemode area of Ogun State.
It was gathered that the mother, Abosede Ogundare, had left Zainab with Kazeem to sweep the compound only to come back to meet the baby with foams gushing out from her mouth.
Ogundare alerted neighbours to the incident having found a bottle containing pesticide with her husband.
Zainab was said to have been rushed to a hospital in the community, where she eventually died.
It was also learnt that the suspect, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, attempted to flee, but was held by residents, while the landlord of the house reported the case to the monarch of the community, Oba Solomon Sokunbi.
The father was handed over to policemen at the Agbado Police Division after he confessed to the crime before the monarch.
A resident, who identified himself only as Biodun, said Kazeem had been threatening to divorce his wife before the baby’s untimely death.
“He doesn’t love the woman and has been trying to divorce her. He poisoned the innocent baby to actualise his mission. They recently moved to this estate. She was their only child.”
The landlord of the house, who craved anonymity, said the suspect had denied being Zainab’s father prior to the incident.
The corpse of the baby has been deposited in a mortuary and the case has been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation at a Police Station for further investigation.