An aggrieved mother, Mrs. Philomena Odama is calling on the Federal government to help her bring to book, one Alhaji Usman Adamu, who killed her daughter under the guise of helping her.
In a report gathered by LIB, Mrs. Philomena explained that Joy, her first daughter and a 200-level mass communication student at the Cross Rivers state university had returned home for Christmas when she met her Waterloo.
On the 18th Dec 2016, Joy’s friend, Elizabeth had visited and asked her to accompany her to see one Alhaji Usman Adamu, who she said, was a philanthropist and gives scholarships to young students.
With no inkling of the danger ahead, Joy went with her friend and there she called her mother to come as Alhaji wanted to help with her education including other girls who lived in the neighborhood and were also there with their parents.
Mrs. Philomena said she got to the house and Alhaji promised to help her daughter and equally get her a job with the Nigerian Security & Civil Defense Corps
Two days later, on the 20th December 2016, Alhaji called, asking for Joy’s assistance at his house and she gave her permission, sadly, that was the last day she saw her daughter alive.
She explained that she called her daughter after she failed to come home on time and she said she would be home soon.
When she waited in vain, she called both her daughter and Alhaji, none of them picked her calls and she went to the house but couldn’t gain access to Alhaji’s apartment.
“The next morning, I called Joy and Alhaji Adamu several times to no avail. Eventually, Alhaji Adamu picked his call and to my surprise, he pretended not to know who I was or who Joy was. When I pressed further he said “did anything happen to Joy?” as if he does not know where she is. At this point, I knew all was not well.”
Mrs. Philomena explained that she went to report the situation at the police station and it was there she was told that her daughter had died.
“On getting there, the DPO informed us that all the girls that went to Alhaji’s house are all unconscious; that one is not responding to treatment while the others are responding. We requested to see Joy but we were turned down and asked to come back the next day.”
“The next day being 22nd December 2016, I went back to the police station in the company of relatives and a lawyer who is a close family friend. To my utter shock, I was told that my daughter was dead and has been taken to the mortuary.”
Demanding to know the cause of her daughter’s death, the DPO, CSP Nkem Raphael said nothing but insisted that the Alhaji was not responsible for her daughter’s death.
Mrs. Philomena said the DPO also explained that the matter had been reported to his superiors and so, Alhaji Adamu could not be arrested
She further directed them to Federal Medical Center, Airport Road, Abuja, where her daughter’s corpse was.“When we asked why my daughter’s body was embalmed without our knowledge, one of the attendant’s confided in us that Alhaji Usman first brought the dead body in the early hours of 21st Dec 2016, claiming to be the father of the girl.”
“But on seeing the body, they suspected foul play and insisted that they will not admit the body until they see a police or doctor’s report. Alhaji Usman left and came back with DPO Nkem Raphael of Karmo Divisional Police who ordered them to immediately embalm the body.”
On getting back to the police station, Mrs. Philomena said she saw one of the girls she met at Alhaji’s place and she told her that Alhaji also called her to come but her elder brother who was a police officer stopped her from going that day; however, she sneaked there early the next morning.
She said, “She saw my daughter lying lifeless on the floor and the other girls were stooling and vomiting. She became afraid and tried to run out of the house that Alhaji Usman Adamu and some inside the house held her back and brought her to the police station.”
Mrs. Philomena said when she asked the DPO why her daughter was embalmed without her knowledge, the DPO asked her not to pursue the case and advised her to dialogue with Alhaji.
She agreed to meet Alhaji but on the agreed date, the DPO lied that the meeting had been postponed having sighted her lawyer, but immediately the lawyer left, the DPO called her inside his office and there Alhaji was, sitting.
She explained that the DPO told them to switch off and drop her phone on his desk, to avoid a recording of the meeting.
In attendance were the DPO, Alhaji, the DCO, and the crime Inspector, while she had with her, her husband and few relatives.
At the meeting, the DPO advised that they should agree to whatever the Alhaji would offer them and stop pursuing the matter, while Alhaji offered them N300, 000, to settle the matter.
The DPO called for a second meeting where they met with AIG Umoru Usman Shehu, who told them that investigation on the matter was closed and cannot be reopened.
He, however, asked Alhaji to add N100, 000 to his initial offer, to which Alhaji said his previous offer was final.
Sensing the threat in his tone, Mrs. Philomena said a family friend present at the meeting advised that she collects the money as evidence and to make them believe that she had agreed to their terms.
Mrs. Philomena explained it was obvious that Alhaji had people within the Nigerian police force and have connived to deny them justice.
She appealed for the intervention of the federal government, claiming that Joy is not the first girl that Alhaji killed on the pretext of rendering help.