Pregnant woman reportedly beaten to death over debt

Pregnant woman reportedly beaten to death over debt

A trader in the Gbagi market in Oyo State in Nigeria has reportedly beaten her pregnant co-trader to death over a GHC28,000 debt.

Identified as Kudirat Oduola, the victim who trades in textiles was reported to have been attacked by thugs sent by her creditor.

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According to a media report by The Nation, the deceased was three months pregnant at the time when she reached out to a fellow trader identified simply as Oriekun, asking for a loan to allow her to buy more materials.

Speaking to the publication, the brother of the deceased, Abdulahi Asimolowo, disclosed that his sister had paid back the loan exactly five months after, adding that Oriekun had insisted on a GHC5,606 interest for the five months period.

Speaking with The Nation, he said:

According to Asimolowo, the victim had later agreed to pay the interest after a lot of harassment from Oriekun, but when she later realised that she could no longer pay, discontinued the payments.

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The thugs were reportedly sent to attack Oduola on May 19, 2016, for failure to pay the expected interest amount.

Oriekun has now been arrested by the officers from the Oyo State police command and is awaiting trial.

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