By Evelyn Usman
Emotion ran high yesterday at the Oduduwa, Ikeja office of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, following a startling revelation of how a 24-year-old lady killed her younger brother and dumped his remains in the premises of an insurance company in Ilupeju area of the state.
The arrest of the suspect followed the discovery of the remains of eight-year-old Silver Effiong, Tuesday, in the companyâ€™s garden while the flowers were being trimmed at about 8.30 a.m.
Preliminary investigation, according the commandâ€™s spokesman , Mr Frank Mba, showed that the suspect identified as Janet James was arrested late last year by the police following complaints lodged by her colleagues that she was maltreating the deceased .
But she was said to have been released on bail after showing a level of repentance and promised to send Silver back to the village.
But that promise was never kept as she reportedly beat him to a state of coma, resulting in his death, after the deceased allegedly stole a piece of meat from the suspectâ€™s pot.
Narrating how she succeeded in dumping the body inside the companyâ€™s premises located streets away from her Adeeola Adeleye abode in Shomolu, Janet said: â€œI carried him on my back and walked a long distance before throwing him across the fence. I decided to dump him there because the offices had long been closed.â€
Asked what the deceased offence was, she said: â€œHe used to steal. I even warned him when I went to the village to pick him. I beat him on Monday night at about 8 p.m. after several warnings not to steal meat from the pot failed. I hit him with this little pestle. But he did not die on the spot. At about 11p.m., he woke up to urinate. But when I woke up at about 2 a.m, I discovered he was foaming from his mouth. I called him but there was no response. I tried opening his mouth and even hit him, yet there was no movement.
â€œThen I waited until about 5 a.m. before carrying him on my back and dumped him inside the premises of Times Insurance Brokers and returned home,â€ she said.
When the lifeless body was discovered, policemen at Ilupeju, according to Mba, were invited and on closer look discovered it was the lifeless body of Silver, the boy that was brought to the station last year.
They were said to have immediately made for Janetâ€™s apartment situated at number 15, Adeola Adeleye Street, where on enquiring after her brother, she told the policemen she had taken him to the church for prayers. She was thereafter invited to the station where her deed was exposed.