Woman kills own son, flushes him down a public toilet

A 20-year-old woman, Rafiat Oseni, has been brought before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s court for allegedly killing her day-old baby by flushing him down a public toilet.

The incident occurred at Alaba Rago Market, Ojo area of Lagos State.

According to witnesses, Oseni, who hails from one of the Northern states in the country, worked as a sales girl in the market and had entered the toilet pretending to ease herself.

She was said to have forced the baby into the toilet, but the baby got stuck in it, and died as people were attempting to rescue him.

When the magistrate presiding over the case, Olanrewaju Olatunji, asked the suspect why she decided to kill her own child, she immediately started crying and pleaded for forgiveness.

Giving an account of the incident, Investigating Police Officer, Woman Corporal Veronica Uket, said that; “Oseni went to the public toilet on January 3, 2014 around 2.30pm. She was said to have pretended that she wanted to ease herself.

“She came out and nobody suspected anything. When she left, the baby started crying. It was another woman who wanted to use the toilet that first saw the child and called the attention of the woman in charge of the public toilet.

“People went there and saw that the baby was stuck inside the toilet. By the time they removed him, they saw that he was already dead.”

The police prosecutor, Inspector Richard Odigwe asked for the remand of the defendant in line with Section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice, Lagos State Nigeria, 2011.

Odige added that the remand would help the police obtain legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.
The magistrate agreed to remand the defendant in the Ikoyi Prison pending legal advice.
The matter was adjourned till March 10, 2014.

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