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Sunday, 7 November 2010

3 year old boy found hanged inside home

*Warning: Graphic content.

The body of her three-year-old son, Akintunde Akinola, was found hanging on a piece of cloth at their house on Number 21, Lafenwa Street, in Ondo town, Ondo State on Tuesday this week.


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The cause of death was immediately put as suicide: Death by hanging. Case closed. Not so to the disconsolate mother, who suspects foul play.

The devil, indeed, is in the detail. A closer perusal of the suspected scene of death, according to the mother, shows that there may have been more to the death of the Primary One pupil.

In an interview with the Nigerian Compass on Saturday, the mother declared that the claim that the boy hanged himself is unacceptable and ordered that it should not be repeated to her hearing again.

Without identifying a particular person, the mother who has since been moved by her relations to Odotu Street, also in the town, told the Nigerian Compass on Saturday that her main demand from the police is for the killer, or killers, to be apprehended and tried.

“How can a three-year-old commit suicide? How could he fathom the process of hanging by such an intricate process as the knotting of a rope and making a noose out of it? How could such a short boy have tied the rope on the roof and then lowered it before tightening it into a noose? The killers should just own up,” she said.

The Homicide Section of the Ondo State Police Command in Akure, the state capital of is already probing the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death.

The late Akintunde Akinola, who was three years and nine months old, was a pupil of Saint Agnes Catholic Primary School in Ondo town, headquarters of the Ondo West Local Government Area of the state. He was alleged to have killed himself at about 7.30 a.m. The grieving mother described the report as “unbelievable.”

She told the Nigerian Compass on Saturday that the deceased and his younger sister, Mary, were hale and hearty while she left the house for Igba town on the outskirts of Ondo town that morning. She had gone to the town to buy some fruits which she would to sell at the Ondo campus of the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE).

Amid intermittent sobs, she said: “Nobody should tell me again that such a young boy hanged himself. What kind of suicide is that? Some people must have killed him for reasons best known to them, and to hide their crime they must have thought of the lie, forgetting that questions will be raised about how a three-year-old could hang himself.”

The mother continued: “Before I left the house at about 7.00 a.m., that day, I gave N10 to the boy and her sister, Mary, telling them to use the money to buy biscuits. At about 8.00 a.m., my eldest son came to meet me at Igba, telling me that Akin had developed convulsion and needed my attention at home.

“I was surprised when I got to our street and saw a large crowd in front of our house. When I got nearer, I was met by some neighbours who held me and told me that he hanged himself.”

The matter has been reported at the Enuowa Divisional Police Station in the town, but the mother wants a concerted effort at unraveling the matter. She said: “I want to use this opportunity to beg the government, particularly the law enforcement agents, not to allow the matter to be swept under the carpet by ensuring that the killers of my son are arrested and prosecuted so that he will did not die in vain.”

An octogenarian, Pa Fidelis Akindojutimi, who claimed to be the Secretary of Olafemiwa Street, described the incident as unfortunate. He said that no such incident had ever occurred in the area since he moved there.
Pa Akindojutimi, a retired school headmaster, said that as soon as the incident was discovered, the chairman of the street, Chief E.O Famuditimi, quickly mandated some executive members, including him, to report the matter to the police at Enuowa, a development which facilitated the arrest made by the police.

Another octogenarian, Mrs. Joko Akinola, whose house is next to that of the deceased, described the incident as a great surprise. She disclosed that the late Akin had earlier that day come to buy two packets of sachet milk from her. It was therefore a big surprise for her learn that the kid was found hanging by a rope.

Her words: “I was outside my house when one of the female tenants in the house came to tell me that Akin had killed himself by hanging. I initially found it difficult to believe and I retorted that the woman was joking. I took a cane and moved towards the house with the aim of beating the boy to discourage him from engaging in such a dangerous play.

“I was surprised when I discovered the news to be true. Akin had always been a good boy while his mother had maintained good relationship with her neighbours ever since she left our house after the death of her husband, who was my step son,” she stated.


Meanwhile, the house has been deserted by its occupants. When our correspondent visited the six-room brick bungalow, he met none of the occupants. Apart from a white dog which was seen in the room, where the victim was alleged to have hanged himself, several personal effects of the occupants were seen scattered everywhere while its back door was firmly locked.

Our correspondent gathered from a source at the Enuowa Divisional Police Station in Ondo town that no fewer than eight persons, including two little children, had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The source gave the names of those arrested to include Mr. Dede Nwankwo, Mrs. Selina Wabeze, Ebelechi Dede, Mrs. James Yemi, Mrs. Stella Dede and the principal suspect, Stanley Idinga.
They have been transferred to the Homicide section at the state police command headquarters in Akure the capital of Ondo state where they are undergoing interrogation.

Source: Compass Newspaper

29 Comments:

  • At 7 November 2010 at 11:42 , Blogger UAN said...

    I also believe it's foul play: what does a 3 yr old know about suicide? How did he get the rope? And how did he climb up to hang it?

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 11:57 , Blogger The Illest Made said...

    sorry but that is bull shit and God will punish the people or person responsible. What is going on in Nigeria right now may God help us!!

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 14:44 , Anonymous angel said...

    some people can be wicked

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 14:45 , Blogger angel said...

    some people can be wicked

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 14:56 , Blogger Nigerian Scorpio (Sting) said...

    Ok Linda, i don't think that is an appropriate picture to have up here. There should have at least been a warning. I wasn't expecting that. If you insist on leaving it up, could u switch it to the bottom of the post, abeg.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 15:05 , Anonymous Abike said...

    Jesus.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 15:15 , Anonymous lucabracee said...

    while this is a really sad and humbling incident i really think you should not have put up the picture of a kid on your website linda ikeji this is really in bad taste and distressing

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 15:16 , Anonymous Abike said...

    p.s- Pls Linda this picture is quite distressing. I don't know if u can take it off or something. I'm not telling you how to run ur blog but it hurts looking at the picture.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 15:24 , Anonymous Artemis said...

    linda this is a very upsetting image .maybe put the image after the break and warn readers that what theyre about to see may cause distress.
    may the poor childs soul rest in perfect peace.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 15:57 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When professionals are reporting news about suicide esp involving children, they don't post pictures of how it was done because it's inappropriate and not professional. Our imagination is enough to get our head around what happened.

    So, I will advice you to put the picture down. Seriously, I don't see the point of you putting it up. It's a very sad story.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 15:57 , Anonymous Surprise said...

    This is a clear case of murder. Whoever started the rumor of suicide in that neighourhood is the first suspect. Some people are heartless. May God comfort the mother.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 16:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Linda you really should put the picture at the end of the post and put a warning at the top. Most responsible blogs/news outlet would do that so as to warn the reader.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 18:09 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Please take down the picture.
    Linda i LOVE your blog..but i am dissapointed you would have this up without a warning. Its a big SHAME. Please rethink and take down that poor child's picture.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 18:20 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ritual murder perhaps?

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 19:51 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    linda please take down the picture

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 22:49 , Anonymous skankmypeaceofmind said...

    wow, this is sad. i suspect foul play too. i mean he is too young to know how to hang himself and secondly the distance from the rope to the baby's neck seem too far for the baby to be responsible for his own death.
    too bad our police sucks that they have to just conclude without thorough investigation.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 23:10 , Anonymous skankmypeaceofmind said...

    wow, this is sad. i suspect foul play too. i mean he is too young to know how to hang himself and secondly the distance from the rope to the baby's neck seem too far for the baby to be responsible for his own death.
    too bad our police sucks that they have to just conclude without thorough investigation.

     
  • At 7 November 2010 at 23:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks for listening Chica!!! Love ya!

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 00:21 , Anonymous Abike said...

    Thank you.

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 01:37 , Anonymous truth said...

    SHUT THE HELL UP EVERYONE. What is wrong with the picture+ Yes. If you cannot stand it then take ur eyeballls off. That's the problem with us; we claim to be all righteous. Pleaseeeeeeeee, tis incident happened for crying out loud. People saw it and it was someone;s son. So, it is even more painful for the mum and the neighbors that saw the real picture and here you are talking nonsense. Get the hell out and.....yeah. I'm done....rant on!!!!!

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 02:58 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It is becoming really annoying how people "Nigerians" would come here and attack Linda. Please if you think you know how to do a better job, why don't you start your own blog and incorporate that into your blog if you already have one.

    And why are you saying she should have had a warning. Sheesh your eyes must be failing you or something because she does have a warning put up.

    Get over your dramatic and ITK selves people. Acting like you know it all. And I don't see how the picture was inappropriate. I have seen horrendous pics in Nigerian newspapers and also in the U.S they dsplay the graphic images with warnings..

    So please stop preaching about how she did not warn you and should take it down! She had a warning...Next time please open your eyes or something and QUIT being annoying. It gets really annoying to other readers

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 10:34 , Blogger JOYFULUGO said...

    this is rubbish how can a3yr old hang himself

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 12:37 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    people can b wicked. my condolense to the boy's mother.those complaining about the pic,is it dat dey are blind or wat? cos i saw a warning.linda keep it up, u are doing great.

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 13:28 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @truth, thank you. People don't want it to bother their minds. As if it did not happen. We have seen worse. And its someone's precious son as precious as GEJ's child or even Obama's kid.


    Linda pls put it back there so that maybe when people's consciences are touched, change will begin to happen slowly.

    As you know, the killer will be caught and released by the police or may never be caught.

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 13:30 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @Anon 2:58am Linda put the picture up before (as in before the jump). I guess you did't see it then.

    Please let them criticise my darling Linda o. She will only get better as she has a thick skin.

    Linda love your blog.

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 14:04 , Anonymous NINA said...

    HOW CAN SOMEONE REPEAT IT THAT THE 3 YR OLD COMMITTED SUICIDE...I HAVE A 3 YR OLD WHO DOSES NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT THE WORD MEANS...CMON ON NOW WHEN WILL THE BARBARISM IN NIJA AND THE WORLD AT LARGE END??? PLS GOD HAVE MERCY HAVE MERCY AND COMFORT THE MOTHER...TOTALLY UNBELIEVABLE

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 15:58 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The question we should be asking is were was the mom when the child was haunged i strongly believe she is the #1 suspect followed by the childs father, or mothers boyfriend

     
  • At 8 November 2010 at 15:58 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The question we should be asking is were was the mom when the child was haunged i strongly believe she is the #1 suspect followed by the childs father, or mothers boyfriend

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 06:52 , Blogger ShadeNonconformist said...

    Wow!!

     

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