A health worker identified as Mrs.Ifeoma Obinwa, has been arrested by the police in FCT, for using a hot knife to inflict injuries on her maid’s body.
The health attacked her 12-year-old housemaid with a hot knife at her home in Dutse Alhaji area in Abuja, for beating her child. According to National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), the incident occurred on September 12th.
“The victim, who has lived with the suspect since 2015, was not enrolled into school and is always being physically and emotionally abused. She is always being beaten by the suspect with sticks, wire and sharp objects and such treatment has left wounds and scars all over her body, including her head. The last incident that led to the suspect’s arrest happened on September 12, 2018 when the suspect, who accused the victim of beating her child, allegedly placed a knife on fire until it became very hot and then placed it on the victim’s thigh and buttocks, thereby leaving her with grievous body injuries. The victim was also left untreated until operatives of the agency rescued her.”
The 29-year-old health worker was arrested alongside one Sandra Obiosio, who got the 12 years old girl from Nassarawa State in 2017 as house help. It was gathered that the little girl who looked malnourished and harassed, was subjected to all manner of abuse and ill-treatment. The statement from NAPTIP revealed that the 12-year-old maid who abused by the health worker with a hot knife wakes up by 4a.m. every day, to do the house chores and prepare the woman’s two children for school. As soon as the children leave for school, the maid and the suspect would proceed to Jahi where the woman owns a shop.
“They do not leave the shop until 8p.m. On getting home, the maid continues with the house chores, including cooking. The girl does not go to bed until between 1a.m. and 2a.m. Most times, the suspect will hand over her less than one-year-old baby to the maid and go to bed, leaving the victim awake until the baby sleeps. The victim was promised to be enrolled into school which has not happened and she is also not being paid for the service rendered. She also does not feed well. The victim also has scars all over her body as a result of several beatings from the suspect. Investigations continue” the statement reads.