A 17-year-old secondary school dropout, Obus Felix, allegedly beat his 65-year-old grandmother, Alice Onome, to a state unconsciousness during a disagreement over a missing N20,000.
The incident, according to witnesses, occurred around 12.30pm in the Abraka community of Delta State.
It was reliably gathered that earlier on Wednesday, Onome had accused
her grandson of stealing the sum of N20,000, a development which was
said to have irked the 17-year-old.
An eyewitness, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity,
said Onome had returned from the farm and discovered that the firewood
and N20,000 she set aside for the preparation of her grandchild’s
thanksgiving ceremony were missing.
While searching for the lost items, Onome reportedly rained curses on
whoever made away with her money. It was gathered that the suspect
walked in at that point in a state of drunkenness and anger.
Sources told our correspondent that all the while Onome was searching for the missing money her 17-year-old was indifferent.
The argument, according to the eyewitness, who is a neighbour, later
degenerated into a physical confrontation and the teenager allegedly
attacked his grandmother and beat her viciously.
“Later the woman fell down and started foaming in the mouth before she
slipped into unconsciousness. She was then taken to a nearby hospital
where she was resuscitated,” the neighbour said.
Police officers at the Abraka Police Division, who did not want their
names in the print, confirmed the incident, saying Felix was arrested
while trying to escape.
According to the policemen, the suspect, during interrogation, confessed to the crime, claiming he acted out of anger.
The police commissioner in the state, Alkali Baba Usman, who also
confirmed the arrest of the boy, said he would be charged to court on
completion of the investigation.