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Stepmother and 17-year-old son arrested for burying stepson alive

Kogi Police detain the stepmother whose 17-year-old son buried his stepbrother alive.

Stepmother gave her son instructions to punish the 11-year-old youngster for allegedly stealing her N10,000.

The stepmother of the 11-year-old kid who was buried alive on Wednesday by the woman’s 17-year-old son has been detained by police in Kogi.

SP Williams Ovye-Aya said in Lokoja that the woman was arrested on Thursday soon as she returned from the church. Passers-by rescued the 11-year-old on Wednesday after he had been buried by his stepbrother in a bush at Silo community in Zango Daji, Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi.

The stepmother allegedly gave her son instructions to punish the suspect before going to church, and the 11-year-old child is accused of stealing 10,000 from her. The 17-year-old dragged his stepbrother into the jungle and buried him alive as punishment for the 11-year-old, shocking the entire Kogi.

Fortunately, the boy was rescued by passersby

Police immediately arrested the 17-year-old; “Our officers and men were able to arrest the stepmother on Thursday after a tip off. She is now in our custody.

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“She has made a statement to the police on the sad incident.

“We shall transfer the mother and son to the Criminal Investigation Department for further interrogation of reasons behind such cruelty among family members.

“It is unfortunate that the father or bread winner of the family was said to have travelled. We are waiting for him to return to give us his own statement.

“Once investigation is concluded, we shall arraign mother and son,’’ Ovye-Aya said.

The mother and the 17-year-old kid will both face charges, according to the Kogi administration. When speaking with newsmen about the incident on Thursday in Lokoja, Hajiya Fatima Buba, the commissioner for women’s affairs and social development, made the vow.

The stepmother is finally in police custody

Assuring that the ministry was in close contact with the police in order to bring the mother and son to justice right away, Buba called the incident “very wicked” and “saddening.”

“While the ministry is liaising with the police for their prosecution, necessary arrangements had been made to put the 11-year-old boy in an orphanage home.

“Our findings indicate that the boy is regularly maltreated by his stepmother and stepbrother.

“As a government we will ensure that justice is served on all the perpetrators of evil acts in Kogi,’’ she stated.

Buba advised guardians who like treating their wards cruelly to stop doing so or face the full force of the law.


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