…says ‘she promised to turn our lives around because we’re poor’
Mrs. Kafayat Bello, mother of 18-year-old Barakat Bello murdered at home in Ibadan, Oyo State, after she resisted being raped, has begged God to expose her daughter’s killers within seven days.
Mrs. Bello in an emotion-laden video trending on social media, prayed that God should reveal the identity of her daughter’s killer (s).
The distraught mother also said in an interview with BBC Yoruba that she was away from home during the attack, but only returned to find her daughter in a pool of blood.
According to her, “Only God knows how it happened. I was not at home. Some neighbours called me around 6pm. By the time I got home, I found my daughter in the pool of blood. I was shocked. She took her phone to Kara for repair on Sunday and went to retrieve it on Monday around 2pm. Some people saw her around 5pm while returning home.
“She later went to fetch water to take her bath. Those killers had stolen some things in our room. They met her on their way out through the backyard and attacked her. Her younger sister, who had gone to the Arabic class, was the one that alerted the neighbours when she found her in the pool of blood.
“She made a lot of promises for me to turn our lives around because we are poor. They (the killers) did not make my daughter fulfil all her promises.
“There is nothing people can do for me that would bring her back to life. But one thing I am asking Allah is whoever is involved in the killing of my daughter be exposed before seven days.”
The teenager has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
The Oyo State Police Command is already investigating the incident.