A 13-year-old girl by the name Precious Omenka has allegedly been beaten to death by her half-sister in Lekki, Lagos State for bedwetting.
According to the police investigation, the junior secondary school student died on October 25th 2019 at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Ebute Metta, as a result of the complications of the beating she allegedly received from her half-sister, Nneka, and her stepmother, Seki Eko, on October 14th 2019.
Her death certificate also revealed that the primary and secondary causes of her 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 12th, on the request of her stepmom, but was returned on the 16th of October looking very weak with complaints of body pains.
He stated further that 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 severe pain and my heart is really broken. Nneka is my first daughter. I had her out of wedlock with a woman called Seki Eko in whom 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 Nneka came and said Precious should come to her place, I did not see anything wrong in it and 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.
Meanwhile, a coalition of child advocates have 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.