An 18-year-old girl identified as Amaka Nweke, has reportedly been beaten to death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Nweke, for dating a Yoruba Muslim guy and also having a baby for him.
New Telegraph reports that the incident led to outrage among residents of Agility community at Mile 12 area of Lagos State, where the victim was living with her parents.
The parents who hail from the Southeast region of the country, were said to have been more enraged that their daughter got pregnant for the boy, identified as Ibrahim Lawal.
Amaka’s parents were alleged to have repeatedly subjected her to torture, including starving her during pregnancy.
The deceased and her boyfriend were said to have met when she was in Senior Secondary School. Subsequently, the relationship led to the pregnancy Amaka had, which her parents fumed and kicked against. She was later delivered of a baby boy, christened Zaeed.
Friends and other people familiar with the matter disclosed that Amaka went through hell in the hands of her parents during her pregnancy.
A lady who simply identified herself as Adebola, said “Amaka went through a lot. She really suffered.
“When Amaka and Ibrahim were dating, her parents were always threatening her. They told her that they didn’t want her to continue associating with the boy. What broke the camel’s back was Amaka becoming pregnant for Ibrahim. Her parents were livid and starved her of food.
“Whenever her parents were beating her, some of us would approach and beg them to stop. They used to beat her with different objects even while she was pregnant. Whenever her boyfriend brought food to her, they would not allow her to have access to it.”
Adebola further explained that when Amaka was delivered of her baby, her parents couldn’t afford the medical bill, and they had to call on Ibrahim’s family.
“His family gladly paid before the new mother was discharged from the hospital.
“People thought that the move would diffuse the tension between the two families. Her parents tried to prevent the husband’s family from naming their grandchild. But it took the intervention of the Chairman of the Community Development Association (CDA) and some elders in the area before the Nwekes released the baby to them,” she added.
On her part, Ibrahim’s mother, Mrs. Ebunola Lawal, said she reported the repeated beatings of Amaka by her parents to the police. She said:
“When my son impregnated Amaka, I didn’t reject the pregnancy. I was already used to seeing them together. When it was clear to me that Ibrahim was the owner of the pregnancy, I started taking care of the girl as my daughter-in-law. I, however, noticed that whenever I go to give her foodstuff, her mother wouldn’t want her to collect it from me. I used to force her before she would collect it.
“When Amaka was in labour, her parents didn’t inform us. It was Ibrahim who saw her mother take her to hospital and alerted us. I couldn’t go to the hospital that fateful day, but the following day, Ibrahim went to the hospital to check on her and found she was delivered of the baby successfully.
“When it was time for mother and child to be discharged from the hospital, Amaka’s parents couldn’t afford the medical bill. They sent for us and we later paid the money. The parents took Amaka and the baby to their house, instead of the father’s house.
“We went to Amaka’s house as early as 6a.m. We begged them till noon before they finally released the baby to us with the assistance of some elders in the community.
“The parents also gave us two hours to return the baby. Two weeks after the naming ceremony, my husband and I went back to Amaka’s parents’ house to check on our grandchild, but Mrs. Nweke prevented us from seeing the baby and Amaka.
“When the pressure from her parents to stop seeing Ibrahim was becoming too much, Amaka told Ibrahim to stop coming. She said that they would be discussing on the phone. She told him that whenever he comes to visit her, her parents would pounce on her and beat her mercilessly. Mrs. Nweke didn’t like Amaka’s union with my son.
“The major issue that led to Amaka’ death started on January 1, 2020. This was after she came to our house to collect clothes for herself and the baby, to celebrate the Yuletide. A few minutes after she left our house, she called Ibrahim on the phone that her mother had started beating her for collecting the clothes and money from us. I was informed that her parents collected the baby from her and locked her in their apartment and beat her for two days.
“It was in the process of beating her that she became unconscious. The parents rushed her to the hospital in the neighbourhood and they were referred to Gbagada General Hospital, where she was confirmed dead on Sunday.
“When Ibrahim went to check her at the hospital, she couldn’t stand up or sit. She just laid on the bed. The most annoying aspect of it was that when they were rushing Amaka to hospital, they gave our four-months-old grandson to a neighbour, instead of bringing him to us.
“When we went to collect the baby from the woman they gave him to, she refused to release him to us. But out of pressure, she eventually released him. I’ll miss Amaka; she was an easy going girl. I accepted her as my son’s wife because of her attitude. It was her parents that killed her.”
When reached out to for reaction, the heartbreaking Ibrahim couldn’t say anything, as he was continuously weeping.
Meanwhile, Amaka’s father, Mike maintained his innocence and that of his wife. He denied touching Amaka, let alone causing her to death.
“Is it possible for a father to kill his only daughter, I don’t beat my children. My wife is a woman of virtue; she doesn’t beat our children, she is not a wicked woman. We didn’t beat her because we saw her going to Ibrahim’s house.
“Everything Ibrahim’s family said was false because now I’m in mourning. I come from a Christian family. I warned my wife to stop disturbing Amaka and Ibrahim.
“I told my wife that if God said the union was ordained from Him, they would live together as husband and wife. I have never disturbed them.
“When Amaka took ill, we rushed her to two private hospitals before we were referred to Gbagada General Hospital where she died.”
When asked about Amaka’s baby, Mike explained that he and his wife left the baby with a neighbour in Lagos, because he couldn’t be taken to Ebonyi.
Confirming the incidence, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said the command is aware of the issue, adding that they are waiting for medical report to ascertain the cause of death.