Pandemonium struck in the Ayobo area of Lagos State on Thursday after a 37-year-old commercial S3x worker, Chioma Ochemba, broke her 7-year-old daughter’s head for reportedly losing a N100 slippers she bought for her.
She had earlier threatened to kill the girl on Monday but neighbours did not take her words seriously.
Her threats, however took a shocking turn after she smashed a wood on the girl’s head, inflicting an injury that covered the child in blood.
But for the intervention of neighbours, the Imo State indigene, would have killed her own child.
Ochemba has three children (living with their grandmother in the village) by her first husband and another three (aged seven, five and seven months old) by her current husband.
One of her neighbours, Mr. Busari Tajudeen, told The Punch he was forced to intervene when Ochemba angrily grabbed the girl by the neck and hit her with a piece of wood.
Tajudeen promptly dragged the girl away from her and took the child to the Ayobo Police Division where a policewoman rushed her to the hospital for treatment.
Speaking on the incident, Tajudeen said the woman regularly beat the children brutally.
He said, “Everybody was careful not to intervene in her matters because she is very troublesome.
“She beats her children brutally all the time. She even beats the six-month-old child she is nursing in a way that shock neighbours.
“But when she hit the seven-year-old in the head and blood gushed out, I just could not take it anymore. If anything happened, people would ask why we did nothing,” Tajudeen said.
The girl was later treated and kept at the police station afterwards but the mother was nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile, Ochemba made no attempt to look for the girl but instead, dressed up that day and went to her overnight work.
The following day when the police went after the woman, she reportedly fought the police inspector who had gone to arrest her, threatening that nobody dared to take her child away from her.
When interrogated at the Ayobo Police Division, she explained that anger pushed her to deal the girl such a deadly blow, explaining that her anger was a result of frustration.
She said, “I am always suffering because of these children. Their father is in jail now. This is his fifth time in the Kirikiri Prison.
“Before my husband went to jail, he was an Indian hemp vendor.
“I have not been able to send the children to school since he went to jail eight months ago. At least he was able to send the children to school through the money he was making selling Indian hemp.
“I was angry when I beat my daughter because it is because of the children I am suffering so much. It was after I broke her head that I realised I was too harsh. I did not intend to beat them.”
Ochemba’s neighbours said anytime she went off to work overnight, she locked the children up in her room all by themselves.
But in her reaction, Ochemba, who is currently in detention said “My neighbours are bad people. None of them can look after my children while I go to work, that is why I lock them in the house.”