One woman simply identified as Iya Anu, a mother of four, who stays at 8, Amosu Street, Ijegun, Lagos, has been accused of allegedly beating her foster son, Seubow, to death for stealing N50.
Iya Anu, it was reported, usually inflicted injuries on Seubow, her husband’s nephew and her children whenever they erred. Trouble started when 16-year-old Seubow misplaced a N1, 000 note given to him for an errand on Saturday, neighbors said. This had really annoyed Iya Anu who then starved the teenager throughout Saturday. However, when Seubow could no longer bear the hunger, he sneaked out of the house at night to buy Gala.
When Iya Anu found out about this, she became furious and accused him of stealing her N50, giving the teenager the beating of his life.
According to a neighbour who identified herself simply as Balikis, she said the accused must have used a hot object to torture the boy as his body was full of burns. Balikis said, “Iya Anu began to beat him on Saturday night. The beating continued till about 9am on Sunday when her husband and the other children had left for church… She battered him till he gave up the ghost about noon. When she realised that the boy had lost consciousness, she cried for help but it was already late. At a point, she wanted to run away but she was promptly rounded up.”
Another neighbour , Modinatu, said Iya Anu, had in June battered the boy resulting in her being invited to the Isheri-Oshun Police Division for questioning. She said, “Seubow joined them in December 2011 and this woman has made life so unbearable for him just the way she does to her children too. In June, the boy was battered to the extent that she was quizzed by the police… Also, she has, in the name of discipline, used a knife to injure her first daughter, Anu, on her shoulders over issues bordering on misdemeanour.”