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I Never Knew Flogging Could Kill Him – Woman Who Beat Boy To Death Over N6,500

Joy Egeonu , the 47 - year - old woman who accused her husband ’ s 11 -year - old nephew of stealing her N 6 , 500 and allegedly beat him to death , says she is still at loss to understand what happened .

The resident of Ope - Ilu , Ogun State , who is with the police , stated that she only caned the boy, claiming that she was amazed that such could lead to his death .

It has been reported that Egeonu hurriedly buried the primary three pupil , Chibuike, in the Ifo area of the state immediately he died.

The mother of the deceased , Ijeoma , who lives elsewhere , was said to have reported the case to the police at the Agbado Police Division and Egeonu was apprehended .

The incident occurred on Saturday , February 3 , 2019 .

In an interview with City Round on Thursday , the mother of three explained that Chibuike and his younger sister had been living with her for seven years after their parents separated .

She said Chibuike, his sister and her children were supposed to attend a church service with her that Saturday afternoon , but he later decided to stay back .

The native of Idato in Imo State stated that she warned the boy to stay at home while she and the other children left for church . She added that when they came back from the church around 9 pm , they did not meet Chibuike at home .

Egeonu told our correspondent that she discovered that a sum of N 6 , 500 she had kept in her room was missing. She said she queried the boy and he confessed to have stolen the money .

The woman explained that Chibuike started complaining of stomach ache as she was beating her , adding that she later knew that the money was taken by her husband .

She said , “ My room was disorganised . As I was wondering what could have happened , the boy ran inside and rushed to the toilet . When he came out , I asked him where he had been to . He said he attended a party in the neighbourhood . I found that the N 6 , 500 I kept in my room was missing and I asked him if he took it . He said yes and that he kept it inside a vehicle .

“ He took me to the vehicle , but I didn ’ t find the money . As I was beating him , he started complaining of stomach ache. I stopped beating him . He was still complaining of the ache when my husband came in . I told my husband what happened and he said he was the one that took the money. He said he came back from work and did not meet anybody at home . ”

Egeonu stated that she gave the boy a concoction made of ground bitter kola and milk to drink and the ache subsided . She said after a while , Chibuike started complaining of stomach ache again.

She added , “ I also asked him to put his hand in his mouth so he could vomit whatever he might have eaten . My husband had gone to bed. When the pain did not stop around 2 . 30 am , I woke him up and we decided to take the boy to hospital . When we got there , a doctor confirmed that he was dead .

“ I usually cane him , which I did that day . I only beat him on the hands and legs. I never knew that kind of beating could kill him . He was always with my husband at his workshop . His mother is my husband ’ s younger sister . She had an issue with her husband seven years ago , and they separated . Three of her four children , including Chibuike started living with me and my husband . My husband later took one of the three children to the village to reduce the burden . I did not kill him . ”

The suspect also denied to have buried the boy to cover up the alleged murder , stating that her husband was aware of the burial .

The Commissioner of Police in the state , Ahmed Iliyasu, had directed that the case be transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and directed that the suspect ’ s husband be arrested.

Saturday PUNCH contacted the spokesperson for the police , DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi , on Friday asking if the man had been arrested and whether Chibuike’ s body had been exhumed for autopsy .

Oyeyemi promised to get back with an update , but had yet to do so as of press time

Source; https://punchng.com/i-never-knew-flogging-could-kill-him-woman-who-beat-boy-to-death-over-n6500/

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