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A woman accused of killing her 19-year old son with rat poison, gives reason for her action

A woman accused of killing her 19-year-old son with rat poison has given reasons for her action.

The  mother of five, Mrs Elizabeth Iweniyi, now in police custody, committed the crime  at Egbeta Community, Ovia North-East local government area of Edo State, Nigeria

The woman and her husband Mr Isaac Iweniyi, 50, were among 56 suspected criminals paraded by the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo in Benin City, recently.

She told newsmen that she has  five children and  the deceased, known as Marvis  was  the eldest child, adding that Since he  was born he has been sick.

She disclosed that the boy falls unconscious regularly as well as  suffering from mental illness.

“I have never known peace since he was born and i have taken him to several places for treatment  but the situation seems to be getting worse.

“I am tired, I can’t continue like that again, so I have to give him rat  poison to kill him and save us the stress he has brought to the family,” she lamented.

According to her: “That fateful day, I was in the farm when they called me that my son was down again around the neighborhood.   When I returned home, I went to look for him and took him back to the house.  I immediately went out to buy the  rat poison  which i gave to  him.

” I was fed up with  his condition and i had no choice than to kill  my son,” the woman narrated to newsmen at the police headquarters amid tears.

— Eubaldus Enahoro. The Observer