Men from the Edo State Police Command apprehended Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after she committed suicide.
Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the small child whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “mummy be calming down.”
Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media when a video of him crying in an attempt to boldly appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.
The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to be calm amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.
While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.
An X user wrote that Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, due to undisclosed reasons.
The X user, who said he was at the scene of the incident on Monday afternoon, added that she had refused to share her problems with anyone before committing suicide.
“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he wrote.
“She refused to speak to anyone about her problems. She left three kids for her husband including the popular Mummy Calm Down boy.”
Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo state police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.
Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.
The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.
Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead.