A two year-old girl, Somkenechukwu has been hacked to death by a maid living with her parents in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The maid, Hope Istifanus, 16, weekend allegedly strangulated the little
girl and watched her die and prepared the little girl to look like she
Istifanus, until the incident, was living with Somkenechukwu’s parents
as a caregiver at their Owerri residence, Ihechiowa Street off MCC Road,
Somkenechukwu’s mother is a petty trader at the popular Relief market,
Owerri while her father is currently bedridden as a result of an
accident he sustained months ago.
It was gathered that after the act, the maid carried on as nothing happened.
One of the neighbours said, “When Somkenechukwu’s mother returned from
her place of business that day, she saw the child lying on the bed. The
maid had told her that the little girl had eaten and had her bath and
slept off after running round the house. She didn’t suspect anything and
decided to rest a little. However, when the child did not wake up after
four hours, she decided to wake her up.
“So, all efforts by the mother to wake up Somkenechukwu proved abortive
as she neither turned nor showed any signs of life. This action prompted
her to rush the child to the hospital in company of the maid, where the
child was pronounced dead for over eight hours already from signs of
strangulation. That was when all eyes turned to the maid and after much
prodding, she admitted to have committed the act which she blamed on the
However, in a bid to avoid a mob action, Istifanus was taken to the MCC Road Police Station.
When contacted, the police spokesman for the state, Orlando Ikeokwu
confirmed the development and said already the case has been transferred
to the State command adding that the maid is in custody and giving
useful information to the Police.
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