NAIJ.com gathered that a pregnant woman was recently arrested in Okota, Lagos, for allegedly beating her 8-year-old househelp to death.
According to reports, a beautician identified as Oby, was recently arrested by men of the Lagos state police command, for allegedly killing her househelp.
8-year-old Miracle was reportedly beaten to death by her madam at their residence on Lateef Aregbe Street, Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos state.
Oby who is said to be pregnant with her third child was reportedly trying to dispose Miracle's corpse before she was spotted by neighbours who called the police.
Some of her neighbours spoke to PUNCH Metro, saying Oby had been beating Miracle for months and would always resort to insults whenever anyone tried to stop her.
“She is a beautician and has two children and she is heavily pregnant with her third child. Her husband was deported from Libya before he travelled again to Angola where he is now based.
She brought the victim and another girl by name Chinacherem, from their village in Anambra state some years ago. They were formerly going to school before she stopped them.
However, anytime I visit their house, she was always beating this particular girl. Whenever people intervened, she would tell them to go away because she brought the girl from the village and it was none of their business. She usually maltreated the two girls and would wake them up as early as 4.30am to start working. She beat them for the least provocation.
Early Saturday, she descended on Miracle again and beat her till she gave up. She called some people to help her in disposing of her corpse. They were about taking the body out when people challenged them. The people she brought quickly ran away.”
An official from the Lagos state Office of the Public Defender said 12-year-old Chinaecherem was taken away by Oby's family members who didn't want her to expose her madam.
We gathered that Oby told Chinacherem that when she is queried, she should tell people that she (Chinacherem) and the victim fought and she collapsed and died. After the girl told the crowd that, she quickly added that it was what her madam asked her to say.
But the woman has confessed to the police that she killed the girl. When we went to the station, we were prevented from talking to her, but they confirmed it was a case of homicide. The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.”
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Speaking on the issue, Mrs Olubukola Salami, who is a director at the Office of the Public Defender, said:
“The girl’s life could have been saved if people raised the alarm early enough and that is why we always say if you see something, say something. There is no room for child abuse in Lagos State and we will ensure due diligence is done in this matter.”
Meanwhile, Lagos state PPRO, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident saying:
“The suspect, Obiageli, beat her housemaid, Miracle Edegwu, to death. She was arrested and transferred to the SCIID. The matter is under investigation.”
Meanwhile, Miracle's body has been deposited at the mortuary.
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