Residents of Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, are yet to come to terms with the mysterious death of an 11-year-old girl, Chioma Menkiti.
The girl’s decomposing body was found in a room at her guardian’s house in Lagos.
Chioma’s half sister, Ifeyinwa, took her from Obosi to Lagos in January to work for her friend, Mrs. Ngozi Jibuike, as a baby sitter.
Mrs. Jibuike, also an Obosi indigene, has six children. She was expected to train and educate the late Chioma.
But Ifeyinwa, who also lives in lagos, said she was shocked three months later when she heard the news of her sister’s death.
She said: “I phoned Ngozi several times to tell her that I would be coming to check on my little sister, but she was always saying Chioma and her children had gone to spend the holiday with one relative or the other.
“Ngozi assured me that Chioma was doing well. So, I was shocked when she phoned and said my sister was possessed with an evil spirit and had died. I rushed to their house and learnt that she had reported the incident to the police.
“She said my sister died in her room and they did not notice until three days later, when they were attracted by the stench coming from the room. I noticed that my sister’s body had already started decomposing.
“Ngozi claimed that my sister was possessed by an evil spirit and was behaving strangely. She said that must have led to her death. I asked why I was not informed, but she had no satisfactory answer for me.
“I informed our parents and the community elders asked Ngozi why it took her three days to know that the girl had died.”
It was gathered that the Menkiti family decided to leave everything to God and asked the Jibuikes to foot the bill of the girl’s burial.
Sources said the Jibuikes gave the Menkitis N150,000, bought the coffin and Chioma’s body was brought to Obosi.
They said the deceased’s 82-year-old father, Michael Menkiti, wept uncontrollably when he saw his daughter’s body.
But the burial took another twist when the officiating pastor, simply identified as Izuchukwu, insisted that the girl was used for rituals. Sources said on close examination, the family realised that some of the deceased’s vital organs had been removed.
They said policemen from Obosi Police Station were invited and Chioma’s body was taken away and deposited in the mortuary to aid their investigation.
The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Awka.
The family, however, claimed that some persons are pressurising the police to abandon the case.
Two activist groups, the Campaign for Democracy (CD), Southeast zone and the Women Arise for Change Initiative, Anambra State chapter, have called for the arrest of Ngozi and her husband.
They urged the police to unravel the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.
A police source said investigation is ongoing to unravel the cause of Chioma’s death.
source: The Nation