A 37-year-old woman, identified as Udeogu Chinelo in Awka, the Anambra state capital was arrested for beating a three-year-old granddaughter to death, Vanguard Newspaper reports.
In a statement released today, the spokesperson of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) command in the state, Okafor Anthony, said the suspect was arrested in a primary school in Awka where she had earlier enrolled the victim and had gone to collect back the school fees she paid for the victim.
”While being questioned on the whereabouts of the victim, she disclosed that the victim had died,” he said.
NAPTIP revealed that the suspect claimed that the deceased was reported to have died on the 29th September, 2022.
According to the suspect, she beat the three-year-old child some days ago and left marks on her body because she defecated in a bucket they used in having their bath at home.
When asked about her relationship with the deceased, the suspect claimed she was her grandchild.
She said her 19-year-old daughter gave birth to the child three years ago and abandoned the baby with her afterwards.
In the video that surfaced online, the suspect led the operatives of NAPTIP to the scene where she disposed of the body of the victim, on arriving at the scene the victim’s decomposing body was found wrapped in a black nylon bag where the suspect dumped her in the bush around Hezekiah Dike Crescent Awka.
Speaking in Igbo, she said: “I beat her, and she started convulsing so I took her to Kings (hospital). Getting there, she died, so I threw her body here.”