Children Recount How Soldier Stabbed Mother to Death, Seek Compensation

Children of Mrs Iyabo Olukunle, the woman killed by a soldier, Olodi Blessed in Osun, have recounted how their mother was killed by the officer on Thursday, January 2.

This is just as the family demanded compensation, saying they have not been contacted by the military authorities on the plans for her burial or compensation for the family.

Iyabo was stabbed to death at the Barrack junction, Ede, on her 39th birthday.

Sources in the area said the assailant also stabbed another soldier to death and wounded his wife and son before he was eventually overpowered by some of his colleagues.

Those wounded were said to be receiving treatment in hospitals.

One of the children of the deceased, who witnessed the incident, Tosin, explained that her mother and Blessed were co-tenants, adding that since the soldier returned from an assignment in the North-east in November, he had been displaying signs of mental instability.

According to him, “My mother heard a noise of Blessed’s wife outside her room around 10pm when she and his son were being stabbed and she (Iyabo) rushed out to find out what the problem was.

“When my mother rushed out and saw the soldier holding a jack knife, she was scared and wanted to run, but my one-year-old brother that she was carrying fell from her.

“In an attempt to pick up the boy, the soldier caught up with her and stabbed her till she died. Blessed had earlier stabbed his wife and son Godwin.”

Tosin said some soldiers later came around and restrained Blessed.

He added that the soldiers also took her mother’s corpse away.

The eldest child of the deceased woman, Bosede, said her mother had five children, including a one-year-old boy.

She said since the death of her mother and her corpse taken away by the military authority, neither the children nor any member of the family had been allowed to see the corpse.

Bosede then appealed that appropriate authority should allow justice to prevail and compensation paid to the family.

However, Military sources said, the troubled soldier was on a medical leave from the 17 Field Engineer Regiment operating from the counter-terrorism frontlines in Nigeria’s North-east.

He had recently attended a course at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineers, Makurdi, before returning to the 401 Regiment in Oke-Gada, Ede.

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