SS three scholar commits suicide after alleged attack by way of half-brother

When the following West African Senior College Certificates Exam sooner or later starts, Sherifat Sulaimon, shall be lacking in motion.

The 21-year-old SS3 scholar reportedly dedicated suicide remaining Sunday after she used to be allegedly crushed by way of her stepbrother, Moliku Sulaimon, whom she lived with at Olorunshogo Iyewa, within the Isawo house of Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Neighbours, who spoke to Sunday Punch, accused Moliku of serially assaulting Sherifat, noting that she changed into annoyed and took Sniper after he repeated the act remaining Sunday morning.

It used to be learnt that Sherifat and her two siblings began dwelling with Moliku after their mom left the circle of relatives, following their father’s loss of life. Moliku, the eldest kid within the circle of relatives, is in his 40s.

Punch correspondent accumulated that Sherifat helped Moliku’s spouse to get some loaves of bread she would promote at a bakery inside the neighbourhood and positioned them someplace within the condo.

She incurred Moliku’s anger when rodents tampered with one of the crucial loaves, a resident mentioned.

“She have been dwelling with him since their father died. She used to be a child then. Her siblings used to are living with him too. They unnoticed of frustration as a result of he at all times beat them,” the neighbour, who spoke on situation of anonymity, disclosed.

He mentioned that there have been marks of canes on Sherifat’s frame, including that Moliku hurriedly took her corpse to their place of birth in Ijebu, Ogun State, the place it used to be buried the next morning.

He mentioned, “After she returned from the bakery on Sunday morning, he beat her once more as a result of rats ate a part of a loaf. It used to be out of frustration that the woman took a poison. She died on arrival on the clinic and he briefly too her corpse to their place of birth in Ijebu for burial. He knew he would had been queried if the police inspected the frame and noticed the marks. Neighbours have been sour that Sherifat died that means with none motion taken in opposition to the person.”

The chairman of the neighborhood building affiliation, Mr. Adekunle Adeigba, mentioned he used to be now not acutely aware of the attack till the incident took place.

“Anyone known as me on Sunday and narrated what took place to me. They mentioned the person beat his stepsister and she or he went forward to devote suicide. It used to be after the incident that I heard other people say he have been beating her. I’ve now not heard it prior to till the incident took place,” Adeigba mentioned.

The appearing conventional ruler locally, Pastor Moses Bakare, informed punch correspondent that he gained a number of calls from locals, lamenting how Moliku used to maltreat the woman.

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He mentioned an reliable of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Protection Corps and a policeman from Owutu Police Station, visited the scene of the incident however didn’t investigate cross-check the sufferer’s frame to make sure if it bore marks of violence.

Bakare defined, “A resident knowledgeable me of the incident on Monday morning. I requested if any safety company is mindful and he mentioned one Mr Rasaq from LNSC used to be on the scene of the incident. I known as the reliable and requested him about investigation performed to this point at the topic.

“I requested him if he checked her frame however he mentioned he didn’t. I informed him he must have checked to make sure what other people have been pronouncing. Everyone used to be lamenting that she dedicated suicide out of frustration. Many citizens known as me at the telephone to make the similar criticism and so they sought justice on behalf of the woman.

“I learnt {that a} policeman from Owutu Police Station additionally got here to test her frame. I known as him and he mentioned the woman took Sniper. He informed me he didn’t test her frame. Some youths sought after to burn the person’s (Moliku’s) area however I calmed them.

“I requested his spouse what took place and she or he mentioned the woman erred and her husband beat her small. I had a gathering with the CDA contributors on Tuesday. We have been involved in regards to the cases resulting in the woman’s loss of life, however there’s not anything we will do if the police can’t take the essential motion.”

In an interview with punch correspondent, Moliku admitted beating his stepsister that day however mentioned it used to be now not accountable for the suicide.

He mentioned he suspected she used to be pregnant and used to be afraid to expose it as he had warned her in opposition to undesirable being pregnant.

Moliku mentioned, “I have been caring for her since she used to be small. Would I pray that she die now? I didn’t beat her over bread. I despatched her on an errand and known as her at the telephone however she didn’t select up the calls. That used to be why I beat her. I gave her 3 strokes of the cane at the palm. It took place within the morning and we took breakfast and lunch in combination. I then went to have a haircut.

“I suffered so much on Sherifat and her siblings. She used to be in SS3 and used to be getting ready to take a seat WASSCE. Their mom left them at delicate ages. I used to be the only caring for them. My kids had been in unhappiness since she died. Even if the varsity used to be on vacation and I informed her to consult with her mum, she would now not cross. If I have been maltreating her, wouldn’t she cross? There used to be no mark of canes on her frame.

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“I don’t know what can have made her to devote suicide however I believed she used to be most likely pregnant. I at all times begged her to not get pregnant premature.”

Moliku denied any cover-up, noting that he used to be too devastated to document the incident to the police.

He added, “Officers of LNSC noticed her frame and so they checked it. I used to be puzzled. I didn’t report back to the police however the LNSC officers mentioned they reported the case on the Owutu Police Station. I gathered a physician’s document and a few citizens sought after to enroll in me to bury her at a cemetery.

“I known as her mom and a few different members of the family and so they informed me to carry her corpse house. I looked for an ambulance that Sunday night time that took her to Ijebu. She used to be buried on Monday morning. I by no means nursed any evil in opposition to her. It used to be most effective God who may console me.”

The spokesperson for LNSC, Mr Sikiru Olusesi, mentioned in step with knowledge he were given from the corps officer answerable for Ikorodu West, some officers visited the scene of the incident and took pictures, including that the Divisional Police Officer, Owutu Police Station, used to be knowledgeable.

Olusesi mentioned, “The Chairman CDA Olorunshogo at Yewa Isawo, known as the CO (corps officer) Ikorodu West of the Lagos Neighbourhood Protection Corps, Mr Oseni Rasaki, that there used to be a suicide case of their house. The CO known as the Owutu DPO to alert him of the incident being inside his jurisdiction and having authority of prosecution on such case. Whilst the CO used to be on his same old patrol having been alerted of the case met a mammoth crowd at Bethel Medical institution the place the corpse of the woman used to be mendacity.

“He additional informed the CDA Chairman and a few citizens to verify the case used to be officially reported and documented on the Owutu Police Station. He additionally instructed them to take the corpse along side the neighborhood representatives to the station which they refused for causes unknown to him.

“However as of Thursday, we learnt the police had begun investigations into the suicide case having heard the hearsay of common faceoff that ended in beating by way of her meant (step) brother.

“We learnt the brother’s two better halves have been with the police for wondering and that the brother has additionally been officially invited for wondering.”

The Police Public Family members Officer within the state, SP Bala Elkana, showed that investigation had commenced at the case.

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