A 13-year-old girl, Precious Omenka, has allegedly been beaten to death by her half-sister in Lekki, Lagos State.
According to The Nation, the Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 pupil died on October 25 at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Ebute Metta from complications of the beating she allegedly received from her half-sister, Nneka, and her stepmother, Seki Eko, on October 14.
Her death certificate revealed that the primary and secondary causes of death were Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and Cardiopulmonary Collapse.
Mr. Emeka Omenka, the father of the deceased, said her daughter went to Nneka’s house in Ikota, Lekki on October 12, on the latter’s request, but was returned on October 16 looking weak with complaints of body pains.
He said Precious gave details of how she was kicked in the stomach, chest, and sides several times, adding that she was beaten with a mop stick and a cable as well because she peed on the bed.
“I am in pain. My heart is broken. Nneka is my first daughter. I had her out of wedlock with one Seki Eko I was in a relationship with. Nneka was trained by my wife Ifeoma who loved her like her own child.
When I got married to my wife, it was difficult for her to conceive and so she brought up Nneka like her own child. So, when she came and said Precious should come to her place, we did not have any reason to deny her request.
Her husband lives in Dubai. She promised to send her to a private school to appreciate my wife for taking care of her,” he said.
The mother of the deceased told newsmen she was still in shock over the incident, denying insinuations that Precious might have been ill.
“My daughter was very healthy and even cooked for her younger ones that day before following Nneka. Nneka and her mother should explain what happened to my daughter. Nneka was brought to my house when she was 17 and we trained her in the university. I never did any wrong to her and then, she chose to pay me back this way?”
Meanwhile, a coalition of child advocates has volunteered to take over the case and ensure justice. Police spokesman Bala Elkana confirmed the case was reported at Ajiwe Division in Ajah, adding that the suspects have been arrested.