The Ogun State Police Command has arrested 18-year-old senior secondary school student over an attempt to kill her guardian, one Mrs Esther Bada, by poisoning her food.
The suspect, Tope Fasanya, was arrested following a complaint by the victim, who reported that after she ate the food the suspect served her, she felt sharp stomach pain and became uncomfortable.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest of the suspect.
“When the pain was becoming so severe, she 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.
“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 adds rat poison substance 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,” Oyeyemi said.
He added that when asked why she decided to kill her benefactor, the suspect who described the victim as a caring person, said that she only wanted to return to her mother, and she could only do that if her guardian was no more.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has directed that the suspect be arraigned in court as soon as the investigation is concluded.