Ondo: Controversies as Husband, Wife fight dirty over use of Daughter for ritual money

Grieved by the mysterious death of her daughter, a bereaved mother has demanded the Ondo State Police Command to help her find the cause of the death of her six years old girl, Ajijolaoluwa Esther who the father claimed has died earlier in the month.

The woman, Mrs Adebori Oladunni in a petition to the Commissioner of Police said she suspected that het daughter must have been used for ritual purposes if actually she is dead as claimed by the father.

Oladunni, who separated from her husband, Mr Raphael Ajijolaoluwa last year said all indications pointed to the fact that the child must either be kidnapped or used for ritual purposes. She said the girl is not dead as claimed by the father.

Husband & wife

In the petition written on behalf of the distraught woman by her lawyer, Mr. Mufutau A Adegboye said the Police must exhume the remains of the girl if actually she is dead as claimed by the father.

According to her, the girl was hale and hearty as at the time she saw her in her school earlier and wondered what could have happened to her without getting to know about it.

The petition read “sometimes in 2019, our client approached 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 other 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 despite the fact that both of them are living in the same town.

“Surprisingly as 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 bereaved mother said the circumstances sorounding  the  ‘death’  of the girl is suspicious and that the Police must exhume the remains to confirm if the girl if actually dead or is kept for other purposes.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO),Funmilayo Odunlami , a Deputy Supretendent of Police (DSP)  said the Police would investigate the matter and get to the root of the matter.

Odunlami said once  the woman had submitted her petition to the command, the Police would definitely work on it by investigating the matter.

According to her, ” 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.”

But her husband said he informed the wife’s family about the death of the girl before she was buried.

He said the court gave him custody of the children because the estranged wife said she was too busy to stay back at home to cater for the child who he was was sickly.

Mr Ajijolaoluwa accused the wife of causing the ill health of the child before they got separated and that he had spent a fortune to ensure the child stayed alive.

“There is no problem. It was my wife that took the child to Onitsha where she had convulsion and she was given injection. Since then, she has not been growing well and could not do anything herself. If you see the child you will pity me.”

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