11th June, 2013
Angry youths of Abule Iroko in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, have vandalised an ambulance and an SUV at a medical centre in the area following the mutilation of a 13-month old boy, Obinna Ole.
P.M.NEWS gathered that trouble started when the parents of the child, Mr. and Mrs. Obinna Joseph Ole, wanted to take the corpse of their dead child home for burial on Sunday and discovered that the eyes, tongue, ears and his private part had been removed.
The parents, P.M.NEWS learnt, raised an alarm which attracted other people around the area and the youths quickly mobilised themselves and stormed the hospital. They vandalised everything on sight.
According to a police source, if not for the timely arrival of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Sango Police Station, Supol Gabriel Dibie and a team of detectives from Sango, the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Babawale Funsho Joshua would have been lynched.
When P.M.NEWS visited the hospital Monday, only police detectives were around. Two vehicles parked in the compound, an ambulance with registration number LND 850 AA and Honda Odyssey SUV marked FST 555 AU, were damaged by the rampaging youths, while glass windows in the building were smashed.
Following the attack, the police from Sango moved in and arrested the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Babawale Funsho Joshua and three others.
Ogun State Police Command spokesman, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the arrest, said the medical doctor was arrested alongside three others in connection with the incident
“Obinna Ole was on admission at the hospital for an ailment before he eventually died. The story became astonishing when the father, Mr. Obinna Ole, went to claim the corpse of his late baby and discovered that the eyes, tongue, two lips, two ears, penis, nails and the left hand vein of young Ole had been cut-off.
“Policemen attached to Ota Division, led by the DPO, CSP Gabriel Dibie, moved to the scene and arrested the suspects,” Adejobi disclosed.
He confirmed that the corpse of the baby had been deposited at the Ifo General Hospital for autopsy.
Three others arrested with Dr. Joshua are Oguntunde Opeyemi, Olaide Adeyanju and Temitope Muraina.
Adejobi disclosed further that the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department at Eleweran to investigate the matter.
He assured the public that the police would unravel the truth of the matter.
—Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta & Yusuf Mohammed