A young teenager identified as Sherifat an SS3 student who is 21 years of age was said to have committed suicide after her step brother identified as Moliku Sulaimon beat her. It was gathered that they live together in OlIrunshogo Iyewa, in the Isawo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
In accordance to what residence says, they accuse Moliku of assaulting and beating up Sherifat severally which prompted her to take sniper and commit suicide. It was stated that Sherifat and her siblings lost their father while their mother left the family, these made them started living with Moliku.
The deceased Sherifat also help Moliku's wife purchase some loaves of bread which she do sell at a bakery within the neighborhood. It was gathered that she placed the bread at a wrong spot in their apartment which made rodents tamper with the bread. This got Moliku angry, one of the neighbor revealed.
After she returned from the bakery on Sunday morning, he beat her again because rats ate part of a loaf. It was out of frustration that the lady took a poison. She died on arrival at the hospital and he quickly too her corpse to their hometown in Ijebu for burial. He knew he would have been queried if the police inspected the body and saw the marks. Neighbours were bitter that Sherifat died that way without any action taken against the man.”
Mr. Adekunle Adeigba, the Chairman of the Community Development Association stated that he was not aware of the assault until the incident happened. He narrated saying that he was called upon by someone within the community, after which the individual narrated what happened stating that Moliku the suspect do beat his step sister which prompted her to commit suicide since she couldn't bear it anymore. He went further to say that he hasn't heard such before until the incident happened.
During interrogation, Moliku admitted beating his stepsister that day but aaid it was not responsible for the suicide. He said he suspected she was pregnant and was afraid to disclose it as he had warned her against unwanted pregnancy.
"I had been taking care of her since she was small. Would I pray that she die now? I didn’t beat her over bread. I sent her on an errand and called her on the phone but she didn’t pick up the calls. That was why I beat her. I gave her three strokes of the cane on the palm. It happened in the morning and we took breakfast and lunch together. I then went to have a haircut. "I suffered a lot on Sherifat and her siblings. She was in SS3 and was preparing to sit WASSCE. Their mother left them at tender ages. I was the one taking care of them. My children have been in sadness since she died. Even when the school was on holiday and I told her to visit her mum, she would not go. If I had been maltreating her, wouldn’t she go? There was no mark of canes on her body. I don’t know what could have made her to commit suicide but I thought she was probably pregnant. I always begged her not to get pregnant untimely.
Moliku denied any cover-up stating that he was too devastated to report the incident to the police.
He went further to say that some officials of the LNSC saw the deceased corpse. He didn't report the case to the police but the LNSC officials stated that the case was reported to the police station at Owutu. He collected a doctor's report and some residents of the area wanted to join him and bury the corpse at a cemetery, Moliku stated.
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