A 29-year-old father of three is in custody at the Homicide section of the Rivers State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for allegedly beating his 7-year-old daughter to death for eating his plate of rice.
The suspect, Kingsley Ekerete, who works as a commercial bus driver was left by his wife with three children.
According to the report, the father returned home at about 7pm on April 12, 2014, hungry but found only an empty pot. He blamed his daughter, Favour, for eating all rice which he prepared before leaving for work. As a result, he has beaten the girl heavily and unfortunately she died several hours later.
It was gathered that when Kingsley Ekerete found his daughter’s lifeless body, at first he placed her body at a corner of his one room apartment in Obeama, Oyigbo Local Government Area where his two other children of ages two and three respectively were sleeping. Next day, he reportedly dug a shallow grave behind his apartment and buried Favour’s corpse wrapped in one of his clothes at the wee hours.
But, when the caretaker of the building, Ugwu, asked about the disappearance of Favour, the father said she died in a hospital in Umuebulu because of some kind of illness. Suspicious Ugwu asked to show him the corpse and promised to assist in providing money to the funeral.
After all, Ekerete was arrested by policemen attached to Afam Police division and later transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department.
In his statement to operatives of the Homicide section, Kingsley denied killing his daughter. He claims that she probably was poisoned by a Hausa man who sells rice.
Only after Kingsley’s parents visited him at the SCID, he confessed that he killed his daughter and showed the operatives where he buried Favour’s body.
According to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police , Mr Tunde Ogunsaki, stated that Kingsley might be mentally deranged. And that before court he would go through psychiatric test to ascertain his mental state.
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