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Family petitions police boss over mysterious death of daughter in Lagos


The family of Adiya Ikumu has petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State command, Hakeem Odumosu, over circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of their daughter in Lagos. In a petition to the police boss, which was made available to newsmen by a member of the family, Tony Iji, it was said that Adiya Ikumu was allegedly killed by two persons (names withheld).

The victim, according to the petition, died few days ago in the custody of the duo. According to Iji, the family’s attention was drawn to the death of Margaret on Facebook few days ago somewhere at Ajah area of Lagos where she was living with two friends.  

“Upon enquiries, our people were able to establish contact with one of her friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy on her Facebook page, who reluctantly revealed to us that Miss Margaret was their friend but now dead and that her dead body is in their custody.

“They told us that they had the instruction of the late Margaret not to allow members of her family to know anything about her death and that they were authorized by the deceased to bury her according to her wish. 

“Since then, all efforts by our family and our community in Lagos to know the cause and circumstances surrounding Margaret’s death has been rebuffed by Marvelous and Nneka who are the only persons with information about her death.”

He said that they later sent a chat message on WhatsApp to one member of their family with a picture of a casket showing that the late Margaret has been buried and effort by members of the family to get more details surrounding the death and eventual burial of Margaret from Marvelous and Nneka Buddy has proved abortive due to their refusal to co-operate with them.
He stated that Miss Marvelous Mary has threatened to discard her phone number after the burial as a way of blocking us from further reaching her and all efforts at reaching late Margaret’s personal phone number has not yielded any result as the phone is permanently switched off.  

Meanwhile, the other person with little information about late Margaret is one Sylvester who claimed to be her boyfriend. He said that he learnt about the death of Margaret through Marvelous and Nneka but does not know where they live, though he is aware that late Margaret was living with them.   

“To this end, the family is in a state of dilemma on how to get to the root of the story surrounding her demise. This has cost the family of late Margaret a lot of trauma, especially her mother who is insisting on seeing the body of her daughter if she is truly dead.

“We therefore appeal to the police authority under your leadership to wade in by investigating the incident with the view to establishing the facts and circumstances surrounding her death and eventual burial without the knowledge and consent of her family.”


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