Officers attached to Enugu State Police Command,have arrested one Mrs. Ifeoma Ezeugwu for allegedly drilling nails into the head of a 10-year old girl, miss Chinonye Nnadi.
The woman also allegedly used a hot electric iron severally on the body of the teenage girl- an action which defaced and left her in a state of wreck!
The WomenAids Collective, (WACOL), which disclosed the incident to newsmen in Enugu, described the incident as “evil and a horrific violence on a girl-child.”
Founding Director of WACOL /Tamar SARC, Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said her office was alerted on Friday about the case of the ten-year old Chinonye, who sustained grievous bodily harm at the hands of the so-called ‘Madam’ relative who she lives with as a domestic help.
“This is gory and torture of a young innocent girl whose only crime is being born to a poor widow who had to give her up to live with someone in the hope that she will get an education and survive. We pray that she recovers.”
“We demand full wrath of the law on this woman that inflicted such a level of physical injury on this girl.”
“I spoke to the distraught mother of the victim. She is a poor widow living in a rural village in Aku, near Nsukka, Enugu State.”
“It is time to eradicate child labour, ban and punish heavily anyone using children as domestic help. The Child Rights Act and the NAPTIP Act must be effectively enforced. WACOL will follow through to ensure that justice is done in this matter”.
Prof.Ezeilo also used the medium to commend residents of Enugu State for availing WACOL with useful information and seeking its intervention on such matters.