By Lolo Ayaba
A 19-year-old girl, Margaret Adiya Ikumu, who hails from Oni community, Oju Local Government Area, Benue State, is currently being investigated by the Lagos State Police Command, for faking her death on Social media.
Margaret Ikumu who was arrested after her family wrote a petition to the police, revealed that she took the action because of her mother.
According to her, “I created the Facebook account and posted my obituary with intent to keep my family away from me, because my mother was putting financial pressure on me. She is constantly demanding that I send money to her.
To make my obituary look real, I had to use my employer’s daughter, Dr Nimechi Ugorji’s photograph, (without her knowledge) in the fictitious Facebook account I created, as profile picture, after posting the obituary notice on the account”.
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She further hinted that, “I am bitter with my mother and uncles, over their inability to sponsor my education after the death of my father. My sojourn to Lagos is to work, save some money and return to school”.
However, trouble started when Margaret’s Uncle, Tony Iji, saw the Facebook post and downloaded the profile picture and reposted, calling on members of the public who know the person on the photograph to report to the nearest Police Station. Tony Iji also wrote a petition to the Lagos State Police on behalf of the family.
According to Tony Iji, “Our attention was drawn to a post on Facebook, stating that Margaret Adiya died few days ago and was secretly buried by her two friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy at Ajah area. All efforts to reach her were abortive as her phone number is permanently switched off.
“Later, we were able to establish contact with the said friends who confirmed to them that their daughter is dead. Her friends claimed that they were instructed by Margaret not to allow members of her family to know anything about her death and that they were authorised by the deceased person to secretly bury her. To make us believe that Margaret is dead, her friends sent WhatsApp chats to a member of Margaret’s family with picture of a casket showing that Margaret has been buried.
We also got in touch with a man on phone who claimed to be her boyfriend. He corroborated the claim that she is dead”.
Sequel to the petition, the police swung into investigation where they discovered that Margaret is alive and working as a house maid in an estate at Ajah.
Confirming the incident, the Spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, said “When her employer saw the report of her purported death, he quickly informed the Police and she was brought to Ajah Police Station. Margret confessed to have created the Facebook account and posted her obituary with intent to keep her family away from her. She also revealed that her mother was putting financial pressure on her, constantly demanding that she sends money to her”.