A pregnant mother of two has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly beating her 8-year-old maid to death.
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a heavily pregnant woman identified only as Obiageli, for allegedly beating her eight-year-old housemaid to death at her home on Lateef Aregbe Street, Ago Palace Way, Okota, in the Isolo area of the state.
Punch reports that Oby who is a beautician, was arrested after she beat the girl identified as Miracle, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, till she collapsed and gave up the ghost.
After killing the girl, Oby was said to have plotted to dispose of her corpse when some neighbours raised the alarm and reported the case to the police and she was subsequently arrested by operatives attached to the Isolo Police Division.
A neighbour who spoke on the issue narrated that the Anambra State-born Oby had been in the habit of beating the deceased mercilessly for months and that whenever anyone cautioned her, she would insult them and tell them to mind their businesses.
“She is a beautician and has two children; she is heavily pregnant with her third child. Her husband was deported from Libya before he traveled 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 4.30 am 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.”
Confirming the incident and the arrest of the suspect, a police source at the Isolo Division said some residents reported the matter and the police swiftly moved to have the suspect arrested.
The other girl, Chinacherem, a 12-year-old, has been reportedly taken away by family members who did want her to be in the hands of officials of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.
An official of the agency said she was taken away from the community by some family members who didn’t want her to testify against the suspect.
“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.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, has also confirmed the incident, adding that the victim’s corpse had been deposited at the Isolo General Hospital for autopsy while the matter is under investigation.
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