Ibadan - The Oyo State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the death of a 13- year old boy who allegedly committed suicide when asked to go and read his books.
Police spokesperson, DSP Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, said that the boy (name withheld), hung himself on March 31 at about 6.15 p.m.
Clet-Ilobanafor said that one Bamigboje Zachaus of E7/854, Aiyekale Agugu area of Ibadan, reported the incident to the police.
According to the police, Zachaus claimed that he noticed that his family friend’s son was not seen at the passage where he was ordered to go and read his books.
After a search was conducted, he was later discovered where he hung himself.
"Zachaus told the police that he raised an alarm when he observed that the victim's body was still warm as he immediately untied him.
"He rushed the boy to Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road, Ibadan, for medical attention, but he was later confirmed dead by the doctors," she said.
The police added that they had visited the scene of the crime and had taken photographs of the victim.
The corpse had also been deposited at the mortuary, while autopsy reports are being awaited.
In another development, a 60-year old man, Mukadam Azeez, has been arrested for defiling a 12-year old girl.
According to the police spokesperson, one Esther Olalekan of Agbongbon area, Ibadan, reported that her daughter, (name withheld) was defiled by the accused person.
Azeez, who lived in the same house with his victim, was said to have committed the crime on April 2 at about 6 p.m.
Clet-Ilobanafor added that medical examinations carried out on the victim revealed that penetration actually took place.
She added that when interrogated, the accused person confessed to the crime.
The case, she said, had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for appropriate actions.