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Painful: Policewoman pours hot water on teenage house-help for not preparing soup well

Painful: Policewoman pours hot water on teenage house-help for not preparing soup well

Painful: Policewoman pours hot water on teenage house-help for not preparing soup well

-Odunayo Ajani

Painful: Policewoman pours hot water on teenage house-help for not preparing soup well
Painful: Policewoman pours hot water on teenage house-help for not preparing soup well

 

 

– She went to boil water to pour on me.
– “I pleaded with her to have mercy on me but she went inside and brought teargas…”
– “Only my mother is alive and I have been living with my madam for over two years now. This is as a result of my father’s death coupled with my mother’s financial handicap”.

The Wife of Ebonyi Governor, Mrs Racheal Umahi has called for the arrest of a policewoman who allegedly poured hot water on her 15-year-old house-help for wrongfully applying condiments in a pot of soup.

The governor’s wife made this known after the victim, was rescued by officials from her office and the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development from the home of the policewoman in Mile 50, Abakaliki.

The Chief Press Secretary to Umahi, Mr Donatus Owo, said in a statement in Abakaliki on Saturday that she (Mrs Racheal Umahi) was touched by the fact that girl’s body looked irritable because she was not given proper medical care.

“The matter has been reported to the police while the victim was taken to Police Clinic for medical treatment,’’ she further said.

The victim who was identified as Chinyere Igwe hails from Igbere community in Bende Local Government Area of Abia, said she had lived with the policewoman for two years within which she suffered various forms of maltreatment from her.

Igwe said she was preparing soup on that fateful day when her employer, the policewoman got mad at her that she did not prepare the soup according to her instruction.

“Only my mother is alive and I have been living with my madam for over two years now. This is as a result of my father’s death coupled with my mother’s financial handicap.

” I failed to follow her instruction and in anger, she came out and carried the pot of soup together with the egusi (melon) and threw at me and it landed on my back.

“She also carried iron and hit me on my body and ordered me to bend down and raise my leg up but I refused because my back was paining me seriously.

“She locked me up in a room while she went to boil water to pour on me.

“I pleaded with her to have mercy on me but she went inside and brought teargas, then I started crying when she rushed to get hot water and poured on me,’’ Igwe said.

Igwe also said that the husband of the policewoman, Mr Kingley Okochi, also hit her after the wife complained to him about the incident.

”Her husband also beat me up, but he was not aware that I had such injury because it was in the night. He later apologised and asked his wife to use honey to treat my back,’’ Igwe said.

When the team from Government House, Abakaliki, came to her apartment the accused, Mrs Joy Okochi, however, claimed that she did not pour hot water on the girl intentionally.

The State Chairman of International Federated of Women Lawyers, Miss Olivia Okpaleke, and the Director of Child Welfare Development in the State Ministry of Women Affairs, Mr Godwin Igwe, said the culprit must face justice.

Though the Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi, Mr Jude Madu, said he had not received the report regarding the incident.

 

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