The Police in Edo State have arrested the husband of Mrs Toluige Olokoobi, mother of “Mummy Calm Down Boy,’ days after news broke that she committed suicide.
Olokoobi and her son, Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, caught the attention of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu after the boy’s video begging his mum “Mummy be calming down” went viral in 2020.
The boy and his family met with the governor who hailed his courage and composure.
An X (Twitter) user first broke the news of Mrs Olokoobi’s death on Monday. The X user, who claimed to be at the scene of the incident on Monday afternoon tweeted, “The woman in the viral Mummy Calm down video has just committed suicide here in Benin.
“She refused to speak to anyone about her problems. She left three kids for her husband including the popular Mummy Calm Down boy.”
Another resident who did not disclose his/her identity or the area in Benin City where the incident happened, only confirmed her death, saying the deceased committed suicide in front of her one-year-old son.
The unidentified person added that the deceased worked as a medicine distributor while her husband worked as taxi driver and car dealer.
Confirming the arrest to Journalists in Benin City yesterday, the spokesperson of the Edo State Police Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the deceased’s husband was under their custody for questioning.
“He came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck. He alerted the neighbours who followed him to the hospital where she was confirmed dead,” Nwabuzor stated.
The police spokesperson added that her body was deposited at the mortuary.