Ondo State Police Command has arrested a 10-year-old girl, Suliya Abubakar, for killing her 20-months-old step brother, Usman Abubakar, at Owode, behind Central Mosque, Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
While being paraded on Friday by Ondo Police Commissioner, Mr Salami Bolaji, the suspect confessed that she threw her brother inside the well out of annoyance beacuse her step mother maltreats her.
Suliya was said to have lied that the boy was kidnapped, but confessed that her brother was inside the well, adding that she did not know that he will die due to her action.
“My mother separated from my father and she born nine children for my father and two died. So Usman’s mother is living with us now and she cooks for us.
“They love Usman more than me, whenever he passes faeces or urinate on my food, his mother will say I should eat it like that, that nothing will happen to me.
“Usman’s mother will only remove where the faeces is and instruct me to eat it and any day I did not eat the food she will beat me.
“So, on the day the incident happened, it was night and Usman has faeces on his body and I was told to fetch water from the well to wash his body.
“As I was going to fetch water, Usman followed me and I throw him inside well and informed my father that someone with ‘Hijab’ came to kidnap Usman.
“My father said if we get to police station I should say it is my mother and her friend that kidnapped Usman. I now said I cannot lie against my mother, but my father said I should say it that nothing will happen to me.
“I am the one that threw Usman inside well and I don’t know that he will die,” she said.
The Police commissioner explained that the 10-year-old committed the offence on December 15, 2020. He said that detectives arrested the suspect upon receiving the information, while the corpse of the toddler was later recovered from the well.
“She has confessed to have committed the crime. There is nothing we can do than to charge her to court because this is a homicide case,” Bolaji said.
Meanwhile, police has also arrested a 40-year-old jealous lover, Etifa Obukulubu, who set ablaze his estranged girlfriend and her pastor in Bayelsa state.