A 19-year-old teenager identified as Margaret Adiya Ikumu, has reportedly faked her own death just to avoid just to escape financial pressure from her mother.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, Bala Elkana, who said the news of her death was subsequently posted on social media which led the family to petition the command, Legit NG reports.
In the statement, Bala said the command on May 15, received a petition signed by one Tony Iji on behalf of Margaret’s family that their attention was drawn to a post on Facebook stating that Margaret died a few days ago and was secretly buried by two of her friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy at Ajah area.
The family further stated that they were able to establish contact with the said friends who confirmed to them that their daughter had died.
In the course of the investigation, the police discovered that Magaret was actually alive, and simply fake her death because of her mother’s financial demands.
“They told the police that the friends informed them that they were instructed by Margaret not to allow members of her family to know anything about her death and that they were authorized by Margaret to secretly bury her. To make them believe that the girl is dead, they sent WhatsApp chats to a member of the girl’s family with picture of a casket showing that the girl is buried. The known phone number of the girl was permanently switched off. The family also got in touch with a man on phone who claimed to be her boyfriend. He corroborated the claim that she is dead.” the statement read
Margaret who was working as a housemaid in an estate at Ajah, was reported to the police by her employer. According to the police, she is angry with her mother and uncles, over their inability to sponsor her education.