A 47-year-old man, Moses Otimba, who killed a five-day-old baby boy he fathered with the younger sister of his pregnant wife in order to hide his immoral conduct, has been arrested by the police in Bayelsa State.
Also apprehended was his partner in crime, the 18-year-old younger sister of his wife, simply identified as Joy.
The suspect reportedly impregnated the girl and allegedly killed the child after delivery and buried him in a shallow grave near a river.
Otimba, an indigene of Ogbogoro community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, is accused of carrying out the dastard act in connivance with Joy in order to hide the paternity of the baby.
Joy, 18, was said to have refused to disclose the identity of the father of her unborn baby throughout her pregnancy and she lived with her sister and Otimba throughout the period.
The two suspects were on Thursday paraded by Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo Amba in Yenagoa, the state capital.
He said policemen from the Yenagoa Police Division, arrested the two suspects on August 15, 2017, adding that both have confessed to the murder.
Mr. Amba said, “Mr. Moses Otimba, male, 47, impregnated one Joy Matthew, 18, a younger sister to his wife, Glory. The pregnant Joy was delivered of the baby by a traditional birth attendant at Amarata, Yenagoa on May 8, 2017.
“On May 13, 2017, Moses, Joy and the baby left the birth attendant and went across the Swali Bridge where Moses took the baby from his mother, went down the shore, suffocated the baby and buried the body in a shallow grave.”
According to him, Joy, who claimed that she was being tormented by “some spirits”, confessed to the incident to her mother three months after murdering her baby.
Joy’s mother alerted the police, which swung into action and arrested the suspects, he said.
Amba added, “The police visited the scene of the incident. By the time they got to the scene, the current of the river had washed away the child’s body.
‘’The suspect, Moses Otimba, has confessed to the crime and Joy has also confessed her alleged involvement in the murder of the baby. Investigation is ongoing.’’
The prime suspect ,Otimba confirmed to journalists, when asked, that he killed the baby because he was scared and afraid to break the news to his wife (Glory) and his mother-in-law.
He said he told Joy of his predicament concerning the paternity and that Joy consented and “gladly gave him the boy” to kill.
Both are in police custody and are expected to be arraigned in court soon for murder.