This Day (Lagos)

21 February 2013

Nigeria: Woman Buries Son Alive, Bags Six Years Imprisonment

Osogbo — A Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo yesterday sentenced an 18-year-old mother of one, Mrs Adeola Joseph, to six years imprisonment with hard labour for burying his only son alive for three days.

At the court, Magistrate Olusola Aluko ruled that the convict did not deserve to be in the midst of human being and looked unrepentant of her action, stressing that "the convict is callous and may not change from her devilish act."

Joseph was said to have buried her only child, Fatia Nafiu, at her residence located at Ijetu area of Osogbo alive.

According to the Police Prosecutor, Mr. Solomon Oladele, Joseph buried her child in the early hours of February 18, 2012 and the child was rescued after two days by a good samaritan, Prophetess Tunrayo Akinwande, who lived around the area.

Oladele noted that the intervention of Akinwande and other residents of the area, who exhumed Fatia from the grave and took her to the hospital saved the child from dying.

He stressed that the convict had through her actions committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 320 (1) and 509 of the criminal code, cap 34, vol 11, laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The convict, who was slammed on a three count charge of attempted murder, felony and breach of peace pleaded the court to temper justice with mercies.

She claimed that her parent were not favourably disposed to her marriage with the father of her child and had since been living alone without any assistance from any individual, hence her resolve to terminate the life of the baby.

Consequently, the convict told the court that she decided to kill the baby due to her decision to relocate to Lagos in search of job and could not bear the responsibilities of the baby in addition with hers in Lagos.

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