The guardian of a 15-year-old girl, Mrs. Ugochukwu Ebere, who was allegedly assaulted, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command. The state’s Office of the Public Defender and Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation on Wednesday evening, went with policemen to arrest the woman at her rented apartment on Mohammed Akinje Street, in the Ejigbo area of the state. The move, it was gathered, was orchestrated by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.
A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has also intervened in the matter of the 15-year-old victim. Punch Metro exclusively reported on Wednesday, January 21, that the primary six pupil had narrated to a Good Samaritan, identified simply as Rukayat, how her guardian flogged her on January, 11 and sprinkled pepper on the scars on her back.
It was also said that the minor declined to report the alleged assault to the police for fear of being flogged again by the woman. She had told Rukayat, who met her while she was groaning in pain on the street, that the woman beat her on the fateful day for sending one of her daughters to bring her soap to do the dishes.
However, Ugochukwu, debunked the victim’s claim, stating that she beat her for stealing and masturbating; the latter act of which she said Amadi had started teaching her daughters. Although the victim owned up to the allegations, she maintained that she was beaten for sending the daughter on errand.
Na wa o! Wouldn’t it have been better to send the girl back to her parents instead of ‘torturing’ her like this?
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