On Tuesday, February 21, a 49-year-old man was arraigned before a Magistrate court in Ebutte Meta, Lagos, for disposing the corpse of his 4-year-old daughter into a canal
Confessing his crimes during the court proceedings, the accused said his deceased daughter, Rachel, had sustained an injury while playing with other children. “I wasn’t aware she fell,” he said.
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The man said: “She was telling me and the mother that the place where she goes to play, a girl called her by her name Rachael, pushed her into the canal and she hit her stomach on a sharp object. We carried her to a nurse who advised us to take her to a General hospital but because there was no money I bought her blood tonic syrup. She is my sixth child and we don’t have any picture of her. When she died there was no money to take her to the mortuary and there was no money to buy land and bury her. So that’s why my wife and I decided to put her corpse into a sack bag and kept her body beside the canal where we lived. Which we later throw her inside the canal at Monkey Village Opebi, Ikeja Lagos.”
The police prosecutor, Kehinde Omisakin, said the accused, who is a painter, lives in Folorunaho Kuku Street, Opebi, Ikeja close to the canal, and his wife, who is still at large, works as a cleaner to augment the family’s income, and lives