Police arrest ‘mummy calm down’ boy’s father over mother’s suicide
The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of the husband of Toluige Olokoobi, mother of the “mummy calm down” boy, days after she committed suicide early in the week.
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 saying, “mummy be calming down” which went viral in 2020.
An X (formerly Twitter) user who first broke the news of Mrs Olokoobi’s death on Monday, claimed to be at the scene of the incident.
“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 of the area who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the deceased, a medicine distributor committed suicide in the presence of her one-year-old son.
Confirming the arrest to journalists in Benin on Friday, the spokesperson of the Edo State Police Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the deceased’s husband is in 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.
“He’s still with the police and will soon be transferred to the State CID for further investigation,” the spokesman added.