Punch reported that Linda was flogging Joy around 3am last Monday when she fainted and died.
It was while Linda went to the Ikorodu General Hospital morgue to deposit Mbafan’s corpse, that a doctor on duty noticed marks on the body and alerted the police.
A police source told Punch correspondent that after interrogation, Alapa confessed to beating the girl, adding that she would be charged with murder.
“She wanted to absolve herself of the death of the victim, but for the doctor on duty who raised the alarm after a close examination and she was arrested. There are marks of violence on the body of the deceased and she did not deny beating her.”
According to a police source, Linda confessed to beating the girl.
Meanwhile, a neighbour of Linda said she also starves Joy of food apart from beating her.
“She usually beat the girl for messing up their apartment. Around 3am on the day the girl died, I heard her crying as the woman (Alapa) flogged her. I woke up my husband to intervene. He said he was tired of the woman’s insults. After a while, she stopped crying.
“It was when I came back from work that afternoon that I saw a crowd on our premises in tears. They said Joy (Mbafan) was dead. The woman’s husband was not at home that day. It was the landlord that told him about the incident on the telephone.”
Another neighbour explained that Joy’s father is dead while her mother is ill, adding that Linda brought her to Lagos from a village in the eastern part of Nigeria.
“But she used to beat up and starve the girl of food. On several occasions, the girl would come to me to eat, saying her aunty did not give her food.”
Lamenting Mbafan’s death, a trader in the area, also said she had urged the suspect to counsel Mbafan rather than apply corporal punishment.
She said, “She made that little girl to lose self-confidence. Her body bore marks of lashes. Now that the girl is dead, she should also face the music.”
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