Enugu state police command have arrested one Mrs. Ifeoma Ezeugwu, for allegedly drilling nails in two places into the head of a 10-year-old girl, Chinonye Nnadi, who served as her housemaid.
The woman also allegedly used hot electric iron all over the body of the girl.
Chairperson of the Women Aid Collective (WACOL), Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, who brought the little girl’s plight to the public, said her office was alerted on Friday about the case of Chinonye who sustained grievous bodily harm from Ezeugwu who she works for 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.
She further stated;
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.
She stressed that WACOL will follow through to ensure that justice is gotten for the young girl who was brutally abused.