Monday, 5 December 2016

Confused mother throws epileptic son’scorpse into cesspit

The police in Lagos State have arrested a
woman, Mrs. Bosede Adekunle, for
allegedly dumping the corpse of her son,
Kayode, in a cesspit in the Baruwa area of
Punch Metro learnt that the decomposing
remains of the 34-year-old were found on
Saturday, November 26, five days after he
was dumped in the cesspit.
It was gathered that Kayode had been sick
for some time and had remained indoors
under the care of the widowed mother and
two sisters.
Punch was told that the victim later gave
up the ghost under a circumstance that was
not clear.
The mother was reported to have taken the
corpse and dumped in the cesspit in the
However, the stench from the corpse was
said to have caught the attention of a
resident who, after searching, found the
body and raised the alarm.
Residents were said to have recovered the
remains from the cesspit.
A resident, Bode Osas, said a mob attacked
the suspect before the intervention of
policemen from the Ipaja division who
whisked her away to the station.
He said,
“The man had epilepsy and he had been
sick for some time. He was said to have
died last Tuesday night. After he died, she
and her two children dumped his corpse in
a cesspit behind their house.
The mistake they, however, made was that
they didn’t know that the cesspit was
shallow and almost filled up with faeces.
The odour of the corpse filled the area and
five days after, the body was discovered.”
Another resident, who did not want to be
identified, said Kayode died from the
sickness, adding that the mother was
confused on what to do with his corpse
and dumped him in the cesspit.
“She is a widow and she didn’t know what
to do when her son died, so she dumped
the corpse in the cesspit. There was a lot of
crowd in the community when the corpse
was discovered. Some people mobbed her
before the police intervened,” he added.
Punch learnt that officials of the Ipaja
Local Government Area and the State
Environmental Health Monitoring Unit
were contacted.
The residents were, however, reported to
have removed the corpse before the arrival
of the government emergency workers.
When Punch visited the area, he observed
that the victim was buried opposite his
mother’s mud house, which was locked up.
The Baale of Ishaga Olaogun community,
who did not identify himself, said the
suspect had been banished from the
community, adding that the case was with
the police.
He said,
“We don’t want this case to escalate
beyond this and that is why I won’t say
anything to you. Sanity has been restored
to our community and the woman that
committed the crime has been banished
along with her children. She is in police
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP
Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident,
adding that investigations were ongoing.
She said,
“The decomposing corpse of a man,
Kayode Adekunle, was discovered in a
cesspit at Adekunle Compound, Baruwa,
Ipaja. It was later discovered that the
corpse was dumped there by the mother,
Mrs. Bosede Adekunle. Kayode was an
epileptic patient and he had fallen sick for
some time before he died. Local
government health officials were contacted
for evacuation, while the case is under