The Enugu State police command has arrested a woman, Ifeoma Ezeugwu, for allegedly drilling nails in two places into the head of her 10-year-old housemaid, Chinonye Nnadi.
According to reports, the suspect also tortured the girl with a hot pressing iron.
Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, chairperson of WomenAids Collective (WACOL), said her office was alerted about the case on Friday.
“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,” she said while reacting to the incident in Enugu, the state capital.
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“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.”