Ondo State Police Command made an arrest of three persons at Oriokuta Community in Akoko South-east Local Government Area of the state for allegedly burying an 18-year-old teen, Sanmi Kehinde, who reportedly committed suicide last week with his father’s gun.
The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Wole Ogodo, confirmed the arrest, said the suspects were seized because the family of the deceased did not make any attempt to report the suicide to the police before hurriedly burying him.
Mr. Ogodo said the police had started investigation to unravel the circumstance that could lead to the death of the teenager, adding that the police was still awaiting the autopsy report to progress on the investigation.
“Immediately the incident happened, neither the family nor the neighbours reported the case to the police before they went ahead to bury the deceased, that is why the police make some arrest on the incident.”
“When the boy killed himself, the police is supposed to be informed, so that the police would have visited that scene of the crime, and if the boy would be buried the order should come from the police.
“The post-mortem examination would be carried out because it is one of those things to be done. We should know whether it is true that the boy shot himself or not, if it is true that he shot himself, where is the gun? Why should they hurriedly buried him, that is why we are suspicious, and made the arrest,” he said.
The deceased reportedly climbed up the ceiling to carry his father’s gun, in company of his friend identified as Bolu. Apparently, the gun was loaded with bullets.
According to witnesses, a heavy gunshot has been heard, and the victim’s friend Bolu immediately left the scene. But on rushing to the scene, they met Sanmi rolling in a pool of his own blood.
The family hurriedly buried the deceased without informing any of the security agencies shortly after the incident, prompting investigation into the true cause of his death.