19-year-old girl, Margaret says she faked her own death and burial to avoid financial pressure from her mother

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By Harrison Essien

A 19-year-old girl, Margaret Ikumu, says the reason why she faked her own death and burial on the social media was to avoid excessive financial pressure from her mother.

Margaret who is a native of Oni in Oju Local Government Area of Benue, had through her Facebook account, reported to have died a few days ago and was secretly buried by her two friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy, at Ajah area of Lagos State.

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The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement issued today, said the girl was eventually found by the Police to be alive and was working as a house maid in an estate at Ajah.

"In her statement, she (Ikumu) confessed to have created the facebook account and posted her obituary with intent to keep her family away from her. She said that her mother was putting financial pressure on her by constantly demanding that she sends money to her" Ogun
The Police spokesman said.

Elkana said that the girl was apparently bitter with her mother and uncles over their inability to sponsor her education after the death of her father.

He said that Ikumu came to Lagos to work with a view to saving some money and returning to school.

According to the statement "to make them believe that the girl is dead, her friends sent WhatsApp chats to a member of the girl’s family with picture of a casket showing that the girl is buried.

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