From EMMANUEL ADEYEMI, Lokoja
The people of Isanlu Headquarter Yagba Local Government Area of Kogi State were thrown into confusion recently following the gruesome murder of a thirteen year old girl who was deposited into a medium size freezer after been strangulated to death.
The girl identified as Yetunde Rachael Samuel, a JSS 2 student of Oluyori Comprehensive College, Isanlu was killed in the night of October 5 and neatly deposited inside a medium size freezer to create impression that the girl fell into the freezer and was frozen to death without any body knowing.
She was therefore hurriedly buried in the cover of the night without the parent or the guardian reporting her mysterious death to the police. But the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Katsina who got wind of the dastardly act, suspected a fowl play, arrested the guardian of the girl and ordered that the corpse be exhume for a thorough autopsy to confirm whether the girl actually jumped inside the freezer and got frozen.
It was a hectic time for Daily Sun and detectives led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Zannah Mohammed who travelled down to the community with pathologist from Federal Medical Centre to exhume the decomposing corpse for autopsy.
The guardian of the girl who was at the centre of the mysterious death, Mrs. Deborah Motunrayo Jaiyeoba claimed that she left the girl who was the daughter of her younger sister at home on Saturday morning and left for a marriage ceremony According to her, when she got back from the wedding ceremony and did not see Yetunde she thought she had gone to play In her words She was thirsty and raced to the deep freezer to get a sachet of water to drink when she suddenly discovered that Yetunde was stone dead and she immediately raised alarm Mrs. Jaiyeoba, a sanitary inspector at the local government claimed Yetunde wanted to clean the deep freezer in her small retail, when she fell into it and got frozen to death Curiously, the father of the deceased girl was said to have felt indifferent about the death of her daughter, as he reportedly consented that she should be buried immediately It was gathered that mother of Yetunde was impregnated while she was in school and decided to drop the girl since when she was two years old with her sister to go and remarry in Ilorin
However, the autopsy carried out revealed that the girl was actually killed for ritual purposes Preliminary doctor’s report confirmed that the girl died as result of neorogenic shock secondary to multiple skeletal injuries most likely sustained by blunt force trauma The doctor’s report said two of the girl’s teeth were removed. With some vital parts while the entire head region was battered with blunt instrument Speaking with Daily Sun, the CP said the whole episode was a case of culpable homicide, which is not bailable
He said the innocent girl was only brutally murdered, but expressed shock that the biological father of the girl did not show concern, instead, he brought a letter to his office along with somebody who claimed to be a judicial officer that the case be withdrawn.
He said when he interrogated the father; he could not even read nor comprehend the contents of the letter, which gave suspicion that some people were behind the murder. Musa Katsina called on members of the public to be more vigilante on their children and to know who to give their children to for upkeep. He vowed to pursue the case to a logical conclusion with those found guilty made to face the wrath of the law He gave the names of those arrested as 43-year-old Mrs. Jaiyeoba Deborah Motunrayo, who is the guardian and three of her children namely, Jaiyeoba Titilayo 20-year-old and Tunmininu jaiyeoba 23-year-old with jaiyeoba Femi, 18 years old Others are Shade Jimoh, Chief J. I. Owolabi, Raphael Owolabi, Raphael Abiodun and Tolulope Sunday