The Lagos State Police Command as allegedly arrested a beautician, identified as Oby for beating her maid, Miracle, to death.
The beautician, who is a mother of two was said to have descended on the eight year-old on Saturday and beat her till she collapsed and gave up the ghost.
It was gathered that the suspect was allegedly plotting with some persons to dispose of the corpse when some neigbours raised the alarm and reported the case to the police.
The police immediately went into action by arresting and detaining the suspect at the Isolo Police Division.
A resident of the area where the crime was carried out, but did not want to be identified, said the suspect had been beating Miracle for months.
She explained that anytime the Anambra born beautician is confronted by neighbours over the issue, she would shun and insult them.
He said, “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.”
The police from the Isolo division were said to have arrested the suspect.
An official of the agency, who did not want to be identified, had reported that,12-year-old Chinacherem had been taken away from the community by some family members who didn’t want her to testify against the suspect.
She said, “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 Director of OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, called for an end to child abuse in Lagos State, urging residents to quickly report such cases before it was too late.
She promised that the agency would follow the case to ensure justice was served.
She 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.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, had confirmed the incident, adding that the victim’s corpse had been deposited in the Isolo General Hospital for autopsy.
He said, “The suspect, Obiageli, beat her housemaid, Miracle Edegwu, to death. She was arrested and transferred to the SCIID. The matter is under investigation.”