Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Grandmother orders torture and execution of 16 year old granddaughter

A sixteen-year-old girl was strangled to death in Benin, allegedly on the orders of her grandmother.

The deceased, Miss Vera Oyemwen Efe, an SS2 student of Idia College, Benin, was the daughter of Publisher of Revolutionary Times, a Benin-based newspaper, Efe Stewart. Because her two parents were separated, Vera and her two younger sisters were staying with their maternal grandmother, Mrs Roseline Igiebor.

According to the deceased's sister Osamudiamen who witnessed what happened, Vera left the house for four days without telling anybody her whereabout.

When she came back after four days she could not give any satisfactory reason of where she had been to. The grandmother then called one of her sons, Ovbokhan Irabor to help her discipline the child. Ovbokhan was said to have given the girl the beaten of her life.

Not satisfied with the beating, Mrs Igiebor then instructed one of her neighbours, Adewale Karimu, to continue the punishment.

The deceased's sister said Adewale strangled the deceased, tied her hands and put a rope round her mouth, with her last strength she muttered "please, help I'm dying". She continued muttering it until she died.

The deceased's father, Efe Stewart, who confirmed the incident said then police was already investigating it. Police Public Relations Officer Peter Ogboi also confirmed the incident.

Daily Trust

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