TRAGEDY struck in Ekuigbo-Ughelli, Delta State, yesterday, when a middle aged woman (names withheld) allegedly poisoned her grandson to death.
Our correspondent gathered that the grandmother had been against the relationship of her daughter with the grandsonâ€™s father and had been determined to severe the relationship at all cost.
Speaking to Saturday Vanguard, Mr. Ovie Uboh, 27, father of the deceased, alleged that it was her mother-in-law that poisoned his 10 monthâ€™s old son to death.
According to him, the supposed mother-in-law compelled the daughter to follow her to their home town, Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of the State on the eve of his (Ovie) fatherâ€™s burial in Ekuigbo-Ughelli, adding that he was living in Ekuigbo with the supposed wife and her parents.
Uboh alleged that the woman threatened to poison herself if she failed to follow her and attend the burial ceremony of her sonâ€™s grandfather, lamenting that the girl for fear of losing her mother, obeyed and followed her to Oleh and did not attend his fatherâ€™s burial ceremony, despite all the preparations he made for her and his son for the event.
He narrated that he was in their family compound on Sunday when he received a distress call that his 10 monthâ€™s old son, Ajiri , was not feeling well and had to run to the girlâ€™s family house in Ekuigbo, only to find his son in a critical health condition.
Uboh,Â who is a painter, decried that the boy died before he could take him to the hospital for treatment, alleging that the child died after being poisoned. He told our correspondent that the supposed wife and her parents fled their home before he could get the police to arrest them for questioning. Speaking further, he disclosed that the corpse had been deposited at the Ughelli Central Hospital mortuary.