A woman indetified as Bosede Adekunle, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly dumping the corpse of her son, Kayode Adekunle, in a cesspit in the Baruwa area of Ipaja.
Residents found the decomposing remains of the 34-year-old Kayode on Saturday, five days after he was dumped in the cesspit.
According to the Punch, Kayode had been sick for sometime and had been kept indoors under the care of the widowed mother and two sisters.
According to the report, the victim later died under a circumstance that was not clear.
The mother and her two daughters were said to have taken the corpse and dumped in the cesspit in the community.
It was reported that the stench from the corpse 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.
Giving account of the incident, a resident, Bode Osas, said a mob attacked the suspect before the policemen from the Ipaja division intervened and carried her away to the station.
According to Osas, “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.”
“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.
The Baale of Ishaga Olaogun community, who refused to give his name said the woman 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 custody.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, saying 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 investigation.”