An 18-year-old girl, Amaka Nweke, has been reportedly killed by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Nweke, for dating a Yoruba Muslim guy and also having a baby for him.
According to residents of Agility community, Mile 12 area of Lagos state, where the incident occurred, Amaka was said to have been beaten to death by her parents.
The parents were also alleged to have repeatedly subjected Amaka to torture, including starving her during pregnancy.
Amaka and her boyfriend, Ibrahim Lawal, were said to have met when she was in Senior Secondary School (SSS), and the relationship later resulted into pregnancy, which infuriated her parents.
She was later delivered of a baby boy, christened Zaeed.
Narrating the incident, one of the Nwekes’ neighbours, who simply gave her name 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 when Amaka became 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.”
However, Amaka’s father has denied touching Amaka, let alone pummelling her to death.
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.