Monday, 27 February 2012
Okoro, who is being detained by the police in Asaba, allegedly killed the kindergarten three pupil of Holy Cross Schools, Warri on January 26.
The suspect allegedly flogged the five-year-old after she visited her mother who had long separated from her father.
After killing her, Okoro allegedly took her body to the Warri Central Hospital Mortuary and disappeared thereafter.
The 25-year-old mother of the deceased, Esther Uremure, a hair dresser said she reported the incident at “A” Division Police Station.
She accused Okoro of also beating her. She said, “There was a time he beat me up in the presence of the two children I had for him. He comes here every day to make trouble. He comes to the salon to harass me.”
Our correspondent, however, learnt that the suspect was arrested by the police when he turned himself in on Friday.
It was also learnt that Okoro walked into the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Warri, to make a formal statement as to the circumstances leading to the death of her daughter.
Though, the spokesman for the police in the state, Mr. Charles Muka, said he had not been briefed on the latest development, a police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed it.
He said, “The man came here on Friday morning, saying he had come to report the matter involving the death of his daughter. He said his neighbour flogged the child to death and not himself.
“The suspect said he dumped the child in the mortuary before he went to work and that he never ran away. He said he had been away to the village to see his parents.”
On why he did not report the matter to the police when he discovered that his neighbour had killed his daughter, the suspect allegedly said he was afraid of police trouble.
“He also begged that he should be allowed to pick up the baby’s corpse for burial,” the source added.
Our correspondent learnt that Okoro was first held in the police cell before he was moved from Warri on Saturday morning to the police Headquarters in Asaba where he is now helping the police in their investigations.
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