A Nigerian man, David Igbu, has allegedly confessed to killing his only daughter, Gloria, so he could meet the marital conditions of his pregnant fiancee, Anita Abu.
The Nation reports that Igbu, a welder and an indigene of Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, got married to his deceased wife, Mary Adi and both were blessed with a baby girl, Gloria. However, following the birth of Gloria in 2013, Mary had difficulties in conceiving, until in 2017 when she finally took in. By February of 2018, she went into labour and delivered a baby boy. She, however, did not stop bleeding, suffering from postpartum haemorrhage and eventually died the next morning. The baby boy equally died one week after the death of his mother and was buried in the village.
A year after the unfortunate incident, Igbu said he decided to enrol for a part-time diploma programme at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, where he met Anita Abu, a lady from Obi Local Government Area of the state. Both began a relationship and in the process, she became pregnant.
However, Anita never hid her dislike for Gloria who she accused of being a witch and tormenting her spiritually. Anita allegedly claimed that Gloria appeared to her in her dream whenever she spends the night in David’s house. She insisted that the only condition in which she would marry David and deliver the pregnancy was if he killed his six-year-old Gloria.
On February 12th this year at about 12 midnight, David carried little Gloria while she was sleeping and dumped her inside a well. Her body was found the next morning by a neighbour who tried to fetch water from the well. Members of the Community’s vigilante group were invited and they picked up David and Anita as their explanation on how the little girl died was unsatisfactory.
After much interrogation, David confessed to killing his own child having been blindfolded by his fiancee’s antics of love.
“I have since regretted my action. My late wife will never forgive me in her grave. I have betrayed her trust and love. It was the work of the devil. From the first time I met and asked Anita out, she had been complaining over the existence my daughter and just develop hatred for her. She regularly framed up stories about her. I regret buying into her devilish ideas” he said.
On her part, Anita denied ever telling David to kill his daughter as a condition of marrying and giving him a baby. She said she only told him she could not live in the same apartment with Gloria.
“I told him that if I must marry him, his daughter will have to leave the house because she always appeared in my dream each time I pass the night in her father’s house.” Anita said
However, a close friend of David Igbu claimed the little girl wasn’t his child. The friend who spoke on condition of anonymity said Igbu’s deceased wife was two months pregnant when she married his friend.
“I know the details of what happened but that is a long story and I don’t want to talk about it now because no sane human being will kill his daughter for whatever reason.
Late Mary was a nice woman, Godly and hardworking, who loved her husband so much. In fact, they both loved each other but I don’t know what came over him. Even if you feel she is not your daughter, she is a human being and you don’t know what God has for her in life.”
Ugba further revealed that “Some other guys were going out with Mary when my friend approached her and join the league. When she got pregnant, there was a bit of confusion as regards who actually was responsible. But she insisted it was my friend and out of love, he accepted it and got married to her. Later, we were hearing stories that he was not the owner of the pregnancy. All I want to say is that my friend and his late wife were the best of friends and there is no reason for him to do what he has done simply because of a new woman,” he said.