|The woman was stripped naked and made to carry the corpse of the boy to the police station on her back.|
A woman identified simply as Iya Anu, allegedly beat her foster son, Seubow, to death for allegedly stealing N50. It was learnt that Iya Anu, a mother of four, usually inflicted injuries on Seubow, her husband’s nephew and her children whenever they erred.
Trouble started when 16-year-old Seubow misplaced a N1, 000 note given to him for an errand on Saturday, this irked Iya Anu who starved the teenager throughout Saturday. When Seubow could no longer bear the hunger, he sneaked out of the house at night to buy Gala. When Iya Anu knew about it, she became furious, accused him of stealing her N50 and gave the teenager the beating of his life.
A neighbour who identified herself simply as Balikis said “Iya Anu began to beat him on Saturday night. The beating continued till about 9am on Sunday when her husband and the other children had left for church. She battered him till he gave up the ghost about noon. When she realised that the boy had lost consciousness, she cried for help but it was already late. At a point, she wanted to run away but she was promptly rounded up. She must have used a hot object to batter the boy as his body was full of burns”.
Sadly this will not be the first time she has been reported to the police. The Proprietor of Alex Group of Schools, Ijegun, the school Seubow attended before his death had reported to the police when Seubow who happened to be one of my pupils came to school with a disfigured face and wounds on his body.
“I was so moved by this that I reported the incident to the police. I don’t know how far the police went with the matter but I never expected that such an ugly incident would still repeat itself.”
When our correspondent visited the area on Monday, it was learnt that she had been arrested by the police.
It was also learnt Iya Anu was a serial divorcee and is at present with her third husband.