Operatives of Ogun Police Command have reportedly arrested an 18-year-old Senior Secondary School student identifed as Tope Fasanya, for poisoning her guardian, Mrs Esther Bada.
This was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, via a statement on Tuesday.
Oyeyemi disclosed that the suspect was arrested following a complaint by the victim. He said the victim reported that she was served food by her maid and immediately after eating the food, she felt sharp stomach pain and became very uncomfortable.
He said, “when the pain was becoming so severe, she called the maid to come and eat the remaining food but she refused. This made her suspect foul play on the part of the maid.
“Upon the report, the victim was quickly taken to Owode-Egba General Hospital, from where she was referred to Federal Medical Centre Abeokuta for proper medical treatment. The suspect was subsequently arrested.”
He said during the interrogation, the suspect initially denied and she was transferred to the homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
Oyeyemi, however, later said, she made a confessional statement that “she added rat poison substance to the victim’s food.”
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect has been living with the woman since when she was in primary three, and the woman was her class teacher then.
“Following the death of her father, the victim volunteered to help the girl by taking her to live in her house and from there going to school on her bill.
“It was the victim that sponsored the suspect’s education up till her present class. He revealed that the suspect said she decided to kill the victim in a bid to return to meet her mother.
Oyeyemi quoted the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to have directed that the suspect be arraigned in court as soon as the investigation is concluded.