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Pregnant woman allegedly beaten to death by her husband’s relative in Delta


The family of Betty Broderick, who was allegedly beaten to death her husband’s family member, are demanding justice.

According to a human rights activist, Israel Joe, the deceased, who was seven months pregnant died on December 17, 2021, after she was allegedly assaulted by Jacob alias Tawho in Odimodi town, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

In a petition dated January 4, 2022 and addressed to Burutu Area Commander, the family said that the suspect assaulted the deceased in the presence of her husband, Mr Samuel Broderick, following a heated argument that ensued between them on November 8, 2021.

Betty was rushed to Ogulaha hospital where she was confirmed to have lost her seven months pregnancy.

The doctor later referred them the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for a C.T.C scan.

“The family of the culprit who had earlier rushed the deceased to the cottage hospital in Ogulaha later became nonchalant as Tawho had prevailed on them to disregard the cries of the deceased on the ground that she was merely pretending of nurturing any pain,’ the petition reads.


“As a result of this abandonment, the deceased family now decided to rush her to another nearby clinic in Udi where she was briefly attended to before referring her to the General Hospital Warri where the deceased was eventually taken and treatment administered on her for a few hours before she finally gave up the ghost on December 17. Her remains has since been deposited at the Warri Central Hospital Mortuary,”

“It is instructive to state that the husband of the deceased, Mr Samuel Broderick was quite complicit in the run up to the demise of Mrs Betty Broderick as he literally stood aloof when Tawho assaulted the deceased.

“Additionally, there was little or no financial support from him at the time the deceased was hospitalized at the cottage hospital Ogulaha and when she was eventually transferred to the Central Hospital Warri.”


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