The Imo state police command have arrested a couple, Damian and Prisca David, both from Taraba State, over the controversial death of 13-year-old girl, Veronica David, who is said to be a stepdaughter to Prisca.
Punch reports that the couple who both serve as secuity guards to businessman, Johnbosco Ozugbo, have been accused of repeatedly subjecting the deceased to physical abuse. Last Friday March 16th, the couple beat the girl until she slumped. When they confirmed she was dead, they called one John, an accomplice, to buy rope so they can fake that the deceased committed suicide. However, their neighbors that suspected foul play contacted the police who immediately stormed their home and arrested them.
”The couple are security guards at Johnbosco Ozugbo’s house at Ogwuaga Abba. They were living with their stepdaughter until the incident. They had always maltreated the poor girl. They were beating her that Friday morning as usual when she slumped and died. They then called one John to help them to tie a rope around the girl’s neck for it to look as if the girl committed suicide. But neighbours who suspected foul play alerted the Police at Nwangele Divisional Police Headquarters. The couple were quickly arrested and the corpse retrieved. The third person was later arrested by the police.”a source said
Also speaking, the employer of the couple, Johnbosco Ozugbo, said
”My security guard called and informed me that his daughter had committed suicide and that he needed an advance salary to take her corpse to Taraba for burial. I was worried about how a 13-year-old girl would take her own life. On inquiry, I was told that his wife, Prisca, hit the girl with a plank on her head and that she died immediately. A boy in the compound told me that he saw the woman hit the girl with the plank. I quickly involved the Police and the couple was arrested. The boy who claimed to have seen the woman kill her own stepdaughter went with them to the Police station to put it in writing. The corpse is ready for autopsy. I will ensure that justice is served,”.
While confirming the report, the state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said he had ordered the homicide section of the Command to take over the matter.