A 43-year-old man, identified as Sanjo, and his wife, have been arrested by the Osun State Police Command for allegedly killing their children and burying them on their farmland in Osogbo, Osun State.
The couple were arrested after someone reported Sanjo to the Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs in the state, Olubukola Olaboopo
Olaboopo, who confirmed the arrest of the couple, in a statement by spokesperson of the ministry, Bolarinwa Adereti, said the duo killed some of their children by beating them to death.
She described the action of the couple as wicked, saying that the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola will not condone acts of violence, child abuse or any other related act in the state.
Olaboopo, who vowed that the perpetrators will not go unpunished, warned those involved in such heinous acts to desist.
Sanjo, according to the statement, said that he married his wife in 2008, and God blessed them with five children.
He confessed that he beat their third child to death unintentionally, adding: “I and my wife buried the child on our farmland.”
His wife also confessed that four of their five children were dead, remaining a newly born baby who was delivered recently, despite their efforts to terminate him during pregnancy.
She explained that they decided to kill two of their babies due to poverty, while they dumped the third one around Technical Area, Osogbo.
Narrating her ordeal in the hands of her husband, she said, apart from constantly subjecting her to hard labour on his farm, the man was fond of beating and tying her down before sexual intercourse.
The woman also confessed that on several occasions, she had been compelled to source sexual partners for the suspect.
She narrated how they had made several abortion attempts on the new baby, but their efforts were futile.