The late Islamat Bolaji
The sudden interest by the man raised her suspicion as she couldn't understand what the suspect was looking for in her house. The victim's sixty-four–year-old grandmother, Mrs Gbemisola Agbola could not hold back tears over the sad death of her granddaughter.
The late Islamat Bolaji was beaten to death with her pregnancy by her estranged lover, one Okiki Arisekola, a commercial bus driver, during a scuffle on September 16. The incident happened at No. 50 Wright Street Adekunle, Yaba, Lagos, where the victim lived with her grandmother.
Mrs Agbola’s grief stemmed from the fact that she had lost Ismalat’s mother, Aishat at just exactly the same age, albeit in a different circumstance. Losing the one she had doted on in consolation was understandably a cruel stab.
The deceased’s father, Isiaka Bolaji, was also inconsolable. Islamat was his first daughter and was nursing a little child she already had with her killer.
Indeed, Saturday Sun learnt that it was a quarrel over the custody of the little baby, a girl named Kemi that led to the victim’s death. The suspect, Arisekola, said to be on the run, had reportedly been frequently visiting the baby and his mother, a development that aroused suspicion, due to the no love lost between the two lovers.
“He has not been visiting my daughter, but recently he just started coming and my daughter grew suspicious of his visits. On the fateful day, when he came, they were together at first, then he left, on his return they started quarreling nobody paid them attention, because that was how they always fought. But, this time, it led to a physical fight and Okiki beat my daughter into a coma. After some minutes that he had left, my daughter fell and became motionless. We rushed her to the hospital and it was there she died,” Bolaji recalled of the incident.
Her distraught mother-in law picked the thread of the story from there. Pointing to a spot on the floor, she motioned the reporter to come close and behold.
“This is where I stood when I saw my granddaughter faint right before me just as her mother gave up the ghost,” she said.
“She was just recovering from a fever attack. She had not done any work for close to a week. On that day, she decided to treat herself with some medication. She asked me to hold on to the child, an 11-month-old baby, I took the child and placed him on my lap. Not long after, Islamat’s sister, Kemi came in and asked me to give her the baby, I did and Kemi caressed the baby. She stepped out with her only to meet Okiki standing outside. He demanded to take the girl away and Kemi gave him the baby. But when Islamat saw Okiki with the child, she rushed to take the baby from him. They dragged the baby between them, while Kemi stood looking at them. Okiki tried to leave with the baby, but Islamat didn’t allow him, because she feared that he was going to use the child for rituals. It was a passerby that called my attention to Okiki merciless beating of my granddaughter, I almost had high blood pressure, I rushed out and called my granddaughter. As I was leading her back into the house, she fell and fainted. The first hospital we took her to didn’t have doctors on call, but before we could get to the health center she died. It was confirmed by the doctors there,” the grandmother said.
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Saturday Sun learnt that Arisekola had been pressurizing to take the child, but the family had refused, even as she denied responsibility for the pregnancy.
He was said to have been dating the victim since 2015 and the union produced the baby girl. However, he showed no move to marry her, apparently because he was still trying to find his feet. But he took responsibility for his daughter.
According to sources, the couple even broke up at a time, with Arisekola abandoning both mother and child, staying away for a long time. Things reportedly changed when he saw Islamat may have been pregnant again probably for another man. He then stepped up visits and demands to have his daughter back.
Efforts to reach the suspect in hiding proved abortive.