Tragic: 13-year-old boy hangs himself in Ondo, stepmother arrested

by ‘Jola Sotubo


An Ondo community has been left in shock after the body of a young boy, who is believed to have taken his own life, was found.

13-year-old Awal Osisi was found lifeless in his parents’ bedroom at the family residence in Akure, the state capital.

The cause of young Awal’s death is yet to be fully resolved however as reports have it that the boy was constantly abused by his stepmother and as such she is being detained by the police till investigations are concluded.

Vanguard reports:

Saturday Vanguard gathered that the boy committed suicide in his parents’ house located at High School area of Akure.

Awal was allegedly found in his parents’ room hanging by the door on Wednesday by using a belt to hang himself.

His step mother Mrs Rukayat Osisi reportedly raised alarm at about 10.00am when she discovered the dangling body of the boy in the room.

Rukayat a petty trader. claimed that she found the body of Awal in the room having committed suicide.

However, the police in the state is suspecting foul play, wondering why the step mother brought down the alleged dangling body of the boy before informing the police.

The woman was said to have gone to the ‘A’ Division at about 1.35 pm to report that her step-son was found dead in the room after killing himself.

Rukayat said she discovered the body of the boy in the room after he hanged himself with a belt tied to the handle of the door. She said she had to remove the corpse of the deceased and take it to the State specialist hospital in Akure before reporting the incident at the police station.

However, reports gathered from the community showed that Awal has always been a victim of victimisation, oppression and child abuse by his father and the step- mother since his mother divorced the father some years ago.

Saturday Vanguard learnt that the step-mother together with the father has always been maltreating the boy and sending him on difficult errands.

It was learnt that the father works outside Akure and comes to Akure every weekend.

The father, it was gathered seized the boy’s school uniform and books following a report from the wife that the deceased misbehaved while the father was away in his station.

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