A middle-aged widow has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly dumping the corpse of her epileptic son in a cesspit.
Punch reports that the woman who is a widow, secretly threw the body of her 32-year-old epileptic son whose name was given as Kayode, into the cesspit in her compound in the Baruwa area of Ipaja.
It was gathered that the decomposing remains of the victim were found on Saturday, November 26, five days after he was dumped in the cesspit by his mother.
According to sources in the area, Kayode who had been sick for some time and had remained indoors under the care of the widowed mother and two sisters, later gave up the ghost under a circumstance that was not clear and the mother was said to have dumped the body in the cesspit.
The secret was however, discovered when the stench from the corpse was said to have caught the attention of a resident who, after searching, found the body and raised the alarm and residents were said to have recovered the remains from the cesspit.
A resident who spoke to newsmen, said after the body was recovered and identified, a mob attacked Adekunle before she was rescued by policemen from the Ipaja Division who whisked her away to the station.
“The man had epilepsy and he had been sick for some time. He was said to have died last Tuesday night. After he died, the mother and her two other 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.”
Another resident who came to the defense of Adekunle, said the victim died from the epileptic sickness, adding that the mother was confused on what to do with his corpse and dumped him in the cesspit.
“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,” the resident said
It was gathered that the Baale of the Ishaga Olagun Community where the incident occurred, has ordered that the woman and her two daughters be banished from the area as he does not want the issue to escalate beyond the community.