The Ebonyi State police authority, Ekumenyi, have arrested a 75-year-old grandmother, Mrs Comfort Obi on Tuesday for allegedly maltreating and pouring pepper into the private part and eyes of her 11-year-old house help.
The case was however, said to have been reported at the police station by a neighbour, Mr Osita Ezechukwu, who could no longer bear how the child is being abused by the so called grandmother.
According to him, the suspect had been cautioned several times to stop torturing the girl.
“Apart from flogging her, the woman also subjects the girl to hard labour” Ezechukwu stated.
It was learnt that the victim, who hails from the Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, was brought by her aunt to live with the woman on Gunning Road, Abakaliki, a year ago.
Investigation revealed that the victim’s mother was dead and her four siblings lives with their father, who is visually impaired.
“My madam usually invites touts to flog me whenever I commit any offence and pour pepper into my private parts and eyes. This latest incident was because I was hungry and I took her biscuits and fruit juice,” the victim said.
The Suspect in attempt to defend herself, said she sought the permission of the girl aunt before pouring pepper into her eyes and private part.
The state police command confirmed the incident and the suspect had since then been arrested and admitted to bail.
“The child has been treated and reunited with her family members. The suspect will be arraigned after the fight against COVID-19 is over,” she stated.
Source : Punch Metro