A housewife, Oladunni Adebori has asked the Ondo State Police Command to investigate her ex-husband, Mr Raphael Ajijolaoluwa, over the death of their six-year-old daughter, Esther Ajijolaoluwa.
Oladunni, who said she formally divorced Raphael in 2019, stated that the young girl was in the custody of her father following a court order and allegedly died last week, but she was not informed before her remains were interred.
In a petition by her lawyer, Mr Mufutau Adegboye, to the state Commissioner of Police and made available to our correspondent on Sunday, the woman alleged that there were indications that the child could have been kidnapped or used for ritual purposes and was not dead as claimed by her ex-husband.
According to her, the girl was hale and hearty as of the last time she saw her in school and wondered what could have happened to her that she did not know about.
She urged the police to exhume the corpse if actually she was dead as claimed by the father.
The petition read in part, “Sometime in 2019, our client approached the customary court for the dissolution of their 11-year association due to belligerent behaviours and atrocities exhibited and committed by Mr Raphael Ajijolaoluwa.
“The court ordered, among others, that the custody of the three children should be with Raphael Ajijolaoluwa, while our client should be permitted to visit them except at night.
“But surprisingly in deviating from the order of the court, Mr Raphael Ajijolaoluwa did not give our client access to her children despite the fact that both of them are living in the same town.
“Surprisingly, on Friday, August 6, 2021, information got to our client that the last child of our client, Esther Ajijolaoluwa, died on Tuesday, August 3, and was buried without the knowledge of our client. Our client reported the matter at the Ore Divisional Police Station. It was when Mr Raphael Ajijolaoluwa reported at the station that he confirmed to our client that Esther had died and buried without the knowledge of our client.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami, said the police would investigate and get to the root of the matter, adding that since the woman had submitted her petition to the command, the police would work on it by investigating the matter.
“I will confirm from the appropriate department where the petition was submitted. But once it has been submitted, I can assure you that we will get to the root of the matter,” the PPRO stated. ,,
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