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Sunday, 1 December 2019

I Didn’t Know It Was Against The Law To Kill My Two-Day-Old Grandchild ― Grandmother

I didn't know it was against the law to kill my two-day-old grandchild ― grandmother

The Forty-seven-year-old grandmother, Tope Akinola, who was recently arrested by the Ogun state police command for poisoning her two-day-old granddaughter in Ogun state has revealed that she didn’t know it was against the law to kill the two-day-old granddaughter. She further revealed that she did it out of poverty and not because she didn’t like the baby’s father.

In an Interview with DAUD OLATUNJI, she said she committed the crime to avoid becoming a beggar in order to feed the new mother and her baby. The grandmother tells that she’s a trader in Ogun state who sells provisions at Sagamu and her husband, Kassim Akinola, sells planks of wood. He goes to the forest to fall the trees for business. She admitted giving the two-day-old sniper which led to her death.  In her words



“When I discovered that my daughter was pregnant, I wanted it aborted but my pastor warned me not to do it so I had to wait for my daughter to deliver the baby before carrying out my plan. “I gave the baby Sniper at the hospital after my daughter gave birth to her. She was living with me before she gave birth.

My daughter’s husband and his family never showed up since she gave birth; they only came about two times while she was pregnant” Responding to the alleged reports that she killed the granddaughter out of hatred for the baby’s father, the grandmother said she never knew the baby’s father until the day of her birth.

“I never set my eyes on her (Seun’s) partner until the day she gave birth. Only her mother came to meet me and that was after he got my daughter pregnant. I gave the baby the insecticide to drink because of my financial problems. I don’t have money to take care of the baby and her mother. I was even the one that gave her money when she was going to the clinic. I gave her money twice for medical bills and since I didn’t have money to give her again, I couldn’t be going to beg on the streets”

When asked how she feels about everything that happened said everything belongs to God and no human being can run faster than their destiny and she didn’t know it was wrong until after she killed the baby. The incident according to the grandmother happened in a hospital at Sagamu and as the mother of the nursing mother, she was allowed to have access to both the baby and the mother. she said “I regret my action. I want the government to help me. It never occurred to me that it was against the law”.

You are a grandmother and
was recently arrested by the police for killing your two-day-old
granddaughter, what do you do for a living?
I’m Tope Akinola and I’m 47 years old. I live in the Ofin area of Sagamu in Ogun State and I’m a trader.
Are you educated?
Yes.  I attended primary and secondary
schools in Abeokuta and I am an indigene of Abeokuta in Ogun State. I
attended Methodist Primary School, Ikeja and Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar
School. I sell provisions at Sagamu.
How long have you been married?
I have been married for over 26 years. I got married to Kassim Akinola.
He sells planks of wood. He goes to the forest to fell the trees for business.
What is the name of your daughter that gave birth to the baby?
She is Seun Akinola. Her husband’s name is Lati.
Is it true that you killed your granddaughter?
Yes, I killed her. I gave her Sniper (an insecticide).
It was learnt that initially you had attempted to abort the pregnancy but you were stopped by your pastor. Is that also true?
When I discovered that my daughter was
pregnant, I wanted it aborted but my pastor warned me not to do it so I
had to wait for my daughter to deliver the baby before carrying out my
plan.
How did you kill the baby?
I gave the baby Sniper at the hospital
after my daughter gave birth to her. She was living with me before she
gave birth. My daughter’s husband and his family never showed up since
she gave birth; they only came about two times while she was pregnant.
It was reported that you killed the baby because of your hatred for your son-in-law. Is that the case?
I never set my eyes on her (Seun’s)
partner until the day she gave birth. Only her mother came to meet me
and that was after he got my daughter pregnant. I gave the baby the
insecticide to drink because of my financial problems. I don’t have
money to take care of the baby and her mother. I was even the one that
gave her money when she was going to the clinic. I gave her money twice
for medical bills and since I didn’t have money to give her again, I
couldn’t be going to beg on the streets.
How do you feel about your action?
Everything belongs to God and no human being can run faster than their destiny. I didn’t know it was wrong until after I did it.
We heard that you killed the baby while her mother was having her bath. Is that also true?
No!
How did your daughter react when she saw her dead baby?
I had been arrested before she saw the
baby. It happened in a hospital at Sagamu. As the mother of the nursing
mother, I was allowed to have access to both the baby and the mother. I
regret my action. I want the government to help me. It never occurred to
me that it was against the law.

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