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Police arrest 18-year-old student for poisoning guardian in Ogun

By Adedamola Saka
15 December 2021   |   4:08 am
The police command in Ogun State has arrested an 18-year-old Senior Secondary School 1 (SSS 1) student, Tope Fasanya for attempting to kill her guardian, one Mrs. Esther Bada through food poisoning.

Tope, the suspect

The police command in Ogun State has arrested an 18-year-old Senior Secondary School 1 (SSS 1) student, Tope Fasanya for attempting to kill her guardian, one Mrs. Esther Bada through food poisoning.
 
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta, yesterday, said the suspect was arrested following a complaint by the victim, who reported that she was served food by her maid and immediately after eating the food, felt a sharp stomach pain and became very uncomfortable.
  
According to him, when the pain was becoming so severe, the victim 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.

   
He said: “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.
 
“On interrogation, the suspect initially denied and she was transferred to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department.

“On getting there, she made a confessional statement that she actually added rat poison 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.
 
“When asked why she decided to kill her benefactor, the suspect, who described the victim as a very caring person, said that she only wanted to return to her mother and she can only do that if her guardian is no more.
 
“The Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole has directed that the suspect be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.”