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Police arrests man who killed baby of affair with wife’s sister


The Police in Bayelsa State have arrested a 47-year-old man who impregnated his wife’s 18-year-old junior sister and killed the five days-old-baby boy they had from the unholy relationship.

The man, Moses Otimba, was paraded with Joy Matthew, younger sister to Mrs. Otimba at police headquarters. The suspect was said to have allegedly killed the baby five days after birth and buried it in a shallow grave by the seashore.

Otimba, an indigene of Ogbogoro Community in Yenagoa Local Council of the state, was said to have carried out the dastardly act in connivance with Joy to cover up the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy and the baby’s paternity.


Joy was said to have kept silent about the person responsible for her pregnancy during the nine-month period, as she was living in the same apartment with her sister and Otimba.

They were paraded on Thursday by the state Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa.Amba, who said policemen from Yenagoa Police Division arrested the two suspects on August 15, 2017, noted that they had confessed to the crime.

“Moses Otimba, male, 47, impregnated one Joy Matthew, 18, a younger sister to his wife, Glory.“A traditional birth attendant at Amarata in Yenagoa delivered the Joy of the baby on May 8, 2017.

“On May 13, 2017, Moses, Joy and the baby left the birth attendant and went across Swali bridge where Moses took the baby from Joy, went down the river shore, sniffed the baby to death and buried him in a shallow grave,” Amba said.

Amba said Joy, who claimed that some spirits confessed the incident to her mother three months after the act, said she was being tormented.He said Joy’s mother, who was outraged by the disheartening revelation, alerted the police, which swung into action and arrested the suspects.Amba added that ‘‘the police visited the scene of the incident but by the time they got to the scene, current had washed off the child’s body.

“The suspects have confessed to the crime and investigation is ongoing,” he said.Speaking to newsmen, Otimba said he killed the baby because of the shame and fear to break the news to his wife and his mother-in-law.

He admitted that he killed the baby with Joy’s consent, saying that he told Joy of his predicament concerning the development and that Joy “gladly handed him the boy to be killed.”

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