A mother, Mrs. Adebori Oladunni, has approached the Commissioner of Police, Ondo State Police Command, Bolaji Salami, to help her unravel the alleged mysterious death of her six-year-old daughter, Esther, who was in the custody of her ex-husband.
The bereaved mother, who legally divorced her former husband, Mr. Raphael Ajijolaoluwa, in 2020 lost the custody of their children to the husband as granted by the court.
In a petition addressed to the state Police Commissioner through her attorney, Mr. Mufutau A. Adegboye, she alleged that her daughter, who her ex-husband claimed died earlier in the month, must have been killed and used for ritual purposes.
Mrs. Adebori in a written petition stated that her daughter was in sound health when she saw her at school and could not figure out what could have suddenly happened to her without being notified by her ex-husband.
The petition reads in parts: “Sometimes in 2019, our client approached the customary court for dissolution of their eleven years old association due to belligerent behaviours and atrocities exhibited and committed by Mr Ajijolaoluwa Raphael.
“The court ordered among others that the custody of the three children should be with Ajijolaoluwa Raphael while our client should be permitted to visit her except at night.
“But surprisingly in deviating to the order of the court, Mr Ajijolaoluwa Raphael did not give our client access to her children even though both of them are living in the same town.
“Surprisingly on Friday 6th August 2021, information got to our client that the last born of our client Esther Ajijolaoluwa was dead on Tuesday, 3rd of August and was buried without the knowledge of our client. Our client reported the matter at Ore Divisional Police Station. It was when Mr Ajijolaoluwa Raphael reported at the station that he confirmed to our client that truly Ajijolaoluwa Esther had died and since been buried without the knowledge of our client.”
The wailing mother charged the Police Commissioner to order the body of her daughter exhumed if she’s truly dead or still kept in waiting for ritual purposes because she’s suspicious of the circumstances surrounding her death.
The Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) Ondo Command, Funmilayo Odunlami, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), in reaction to the petition, assured the Police would do a thorough investigation of the matter and surely get to the root.
She emphasised once the bereaved mother had submitted her petition to the command, it would be worked on by investigating her grievances.
The Police spokesman said: “Although, I will confirm from the appropriate department where the petition you are talking about has been submitted. But once it is submitted, I can assure you that we will get to the root of the matter.”