By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
Tragedy has struck the family of one Simon Omah of Urevene in Ezzangbo, Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state following the loss of their unborn baby.
Orient Daily reliably gathered that the pregnant woman, Mrs. Ifeoma Ogah, was brutally attacked by her husband’s brother, Mr. Paul Uzoke and his five children.
The seven-month pregnant Ifeoma was reported to have been beaten in spite of her condition during which she sustained injuries which resulted to the swelling of her hands, legs, stomach, and, ultimately, complications. This led to premature delivery of a deformed child.
Narrating the incident to our reporter, Mr. Ogah disclosed that his elder brother, Uzoke, alongside his five children, attacked and beat up his pregnant wife at the stream where she went to fetch water.
He said the attack was as a result of Uzoke’s complaint that his children wrote something on his wall with chalk.
“My children and my elder brother’s children wrote something on the wall which he ordered them to clean. As they were doing that, he started beating up my first daughter who was not even among them. My wife told him the girl was among those who wrote on the wall and so he should not beat her but he refused.
“After that, my wife went to the stream to fetch water wherein my elder brother and his children went after her with big sticks and beat her up. She sustained injuries which, but for the intervention of the people who came to fetch water, I wonder what he had in mind.
“Even the effort by elders around who intervened proved abortive”, he stated.
“Since March when the incident took place, my wife has not been feeling well because of the beating. On May 13th, she gave birth to a baby boy. God being so kind, it was not through operation. But what I saw was different from what I was expecting. The child’s head was with wound, his stomach was open with his intestine out and he was already dead.
“I took him to my brother to eat the meat he killed on March 14 but he ran away to the Ezzangbo police station claiming that my family wanted to kill him.
“As the police came to arrest me, I showed them my little child whom he killed in the process of beating my wife with sticks in March when she was seven months pregnant. The policemen were weak and asked me to deposit the remains in the mortuary. But I pleaded with them that I do not have money and they gave me option to either take the corpse’s photograph front and back or deposit it in the mortuary which will help them in the investigation.
“So I just took the pictures and buried my son that same day. Look at my wife; she is dying, she is still suffering from the stigma. I just wish that this man will be brought to book and dealt with so that he will learn his lessons”, he stated.