Linda Alapa, a middle-aged woman, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State for beating her 10-year-old housemaid, Joy Mbafan, to death.
Mbafan the housemaid lived with the suspect on Bolanle Oduniyi Street, Okegbegun, in the Ikorodu area of the state. Alapa was said to have flogged the girl for a misdemeanor around 3am last Monday till she passed out and died afterwards.
A doctor on duty at the Ikorodu General Hospital morgue where she had gone to deposit Mbafan’s corpse, was said to have noticed marks of violence on the body and alerted the police at the Sagamu Road Division.
A police source told Punch that after interrogation, that:
“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.”
Some residents of Bolanle Oduniyi Street, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on Wednesday, said they had warned her many times to desist from assaulting the victim to no avail.
A neighbour of the suspect said Alapa did not only beat the girl but also starved her of food.Punch reports that the landlord and Alapa’s husband were not present around when their correspondent visited the residence on Wednesday.
The lady 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.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, in a text message,
“I confirm the case. The suspect is under investigation while the corpse has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.”