Why we put our dead child in sack and threw her into canal – Father

Canal [Photo Credit: Pulseng.com]

The police on Tuesday arraigned a 49-year-old man before a Chief Magistrate Court on Ebutte Meta, Lagos, for disposing the remains of his four-year-old daughter into a canal

Adekunle Adewusi, who lives at Folorunsho Kuku Street, Opebi, Ikeja, was alleged to have committed the act on February 7 at his residence.

The police prosecutor, Kehinde Omisakin, said the accused, a painter, had nine children with his wife whom he married in 1999.

Ms. Omisakin said the accused lives close to the canal, and his wife, who is still at large, works as a cleaner to augment the family’s income.

The accused said his deceased daughter, Rachel, had sustained an injury while playing with other children.

“I wasn’t aware she fell,” he said.

“She was telling me and the mother that the place where she goes to play, a girl called her by her name Rachael, pushed her into the canal and she hit her stomach on a sharp object.

“We carried her to a nurse who advised us to take her to a General hospital but because there was no money I bought her blood tonic syrup.

“She is my sixth child and we don’t have any picture of her. When she died there was no money to take her to the mortuary and there was no money to buy land and bury her.

“So that’s why my wife and I decided to put her corpse into a sack bag and kept her body beside the canal where we lived. Which we later throw her inside the canal at Monkey Village Opebi, Ikeja Lagos.”

The police said the offence contravened sections 411 and 165 (a) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, T.A Elias, said the accused be remanded at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, and adjourned till February 27 for him to appear with his wife and children.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    The scourge of poverty!
    It inverts the thought-process.

  • musa aliyu

    But could these parents be charged and imprisoned? If they had told the authority, would the authority have come to their aid of paying for the expenses? Please release them and provide capital for the duo. They have suffered enough

    • Inyonyo

      It’s wrong to take the decision without consulting Neighbours. God would have used someone to help them out. Let them be punished accordingly

      • musa aliyu

        The same God would have “entered” them to consult, if he wanted to save the situation which U and I see as a crime. All I’m pleading is for the authority to temper justice with mercy; more so if they are imprisoned who will take care of the other children? Ehn?

    • Fadama

      I agree.

  • Fadama

    Poverty is a bane upon us all. I sincerely sympathise with them. It is hard enough losing a child not to talk of not being able to accord the deceased a proper final rite due to poverty. That said, what they did was simply wrong and I hope the authority apply enough wisdom in this rather unfortunate situation.