8 January 2013

*How he chased wife out before heinous act


A  father killing his own son, a  four-month old baby, sounds gory, bizarre. Many may even doubt if the man is actually the biological father. But that scenario played out in Egbe, Yagba -West Local Government Area of Kogi State.

On 31  December, 2012, when everybody was busy making preparations to enter the new year, Mr. Hosea Folorunsho was allegedly scheming evil in his mind.

He murdered his son, Sunday, in his sleep and buried him immediately. A neighbour allegedly saw him while burying the baby and reported to law enforcement agents.
The suspect is now in police net.

Narrating how Folorunsho,  a 46-year-old herbalist, allegedly  carried out his scheme, Kogi State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Katsina, who paraded the suspect  in Lokoja, disclosed that on 31  December 2012, when Nigerians were expecting the new year with joy and happiness, the  herbalist was busy putting finishing touches to the alleged murder. According to the CP, on  the fateful day, around 11:55 pm, the father took the baby, who was  deep in his sleep, and murdered him. Katsina said Folorunso then dug a shallow grave in his compound and buried the baby. He added that the suspected murderer was arrested by the police ambush squad in Egbe through an infant, adding that, after a thorough investigation, the police in the area took him to the headquarters in Lokoja for further interrogation .

The commissioner noted that, in the course of interrogation, the suspect led the police to where he buried the remains of the little Sunday. Katsina said a  renown pathologist in Lokoja was  in the process of carrying  out autopsy to ascertain mode of killing, saying, as soon as the result of the test  was ready, the suspect will be  charged to court.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that Folorunso, apparently hiding his motive, in the night of 31 December, 2011,  engaged his wife in a quarrel which prompted the wife  to flee the house to hibernate in a friend’s house. Possibly due to the quarrel, she failed to carry her baby along.

Hardly has she left when the husband allegedly executed the killing, dug the ground behind his house and buried the baby.

The suspect allegedly feigned ignorant of his wife’s  and son’s  whereabouts the next day. But, unknown to him, a neighbour, who saw him while digging the hole, alerted the police and he was arrested. Katsina described the killing as  madness.

He wondered what could have caused a father to kill his own son for alleged rituals.

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