Omowunmi Aduloju, aged 17, who stabbed her aunt to death in Oda Town, in Ondo State on the 13th of March 2024, is mentally ill, according to the police

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunmlami-Omisanya, said medical report from the psychiatric hospital where she was treated confirmed the conclusion.

Funmilayo Adelayi, a staff of the Ondo State Ministry of Finance, was found dead in her apartment at Premier Estate, in Oda on Sunday, March 17.

She was already decomposing when she was found suggesting she had died several days before.

Neighbors were at a loss as to what happened when it was noticed that the deceased’s niece fondly called Wumi, who lived with her, was missing.

Wumi was later arrested by the police and she confessed to have stabbed her aunt to death.

“On Sunday 17th, of March, 2024, the police was informed about the death of a woman in her mid 50s in her home with her body already decomposing,” the police statement, signed by Mrs Odunlami-Omisanya, read.

“The Police took the remains to the morgue and during clean up, a mark of violence ( stabbing) was observed while a knife was also found at the scene of crime.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased lived with her niece Omowunmi Aduloju aged 17 years who suddenly disappeared and locked the door.

“The stench oozing out of the house attracted the residents who notified the deceased sister .

“The sister on arrival peeped through the window and saw the body on the floor,hence police was informed. The corpse at a decomposing state was removed for preservation.

“The teenager was later arrested by the Police and was interrogated on what happened to her foster mother.

“The suspect said she stabbed and locked her up in the house her because she was always disturbing her to use her medication.

“Family members claimed the young girl had been under her late Aunt’s tutelage since she was 6 years but developed mental illness in 2023 and was admitted at a psychiatric hospital in the state.

“The young girl was discharged and handed over to the late woman to continue to monitor her.

“The psychiatric hospital where she was treated confirmed this claim by providing the Police with her medical history.

“Suspect is currently in Police Medical facility for safe keeping to avoid injury to herself and others.”

Mrs Adelayi’s remains was laid to rest on
Thursday, March 21, at her residence in Oda amidst tears and lamentations.

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