The Social Development Secretariat (SDS) in Abuja has exposed and apprehended Mrs. Chioma Anyima for allegedly assaulting her 12-year-old housemaid, Chinyere.
The incident happened at Dei-Dei in Bwari Area Council of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Our correspondent reports that the SDS apprehended Chioma, a mother of two and wife to a lawyer, following complaints by neighbours to FCT Call Centre, which the SDS responded to by rescuing the girl.
SDS Secretary Hajiya Safiya Umar, who described as unacceptable the molestation of the girl, who is also a babysitter, said she was rescued to save her life.
She said: We got the information from a concerned Nigerian. If we do not rescue the girl, she may be killed by the woman, because she does what she wants to do, and the husband does not say anything.
Nobody talks or intervenes each time the woman beats up the babysitter.
The womans husband, who is a lawyer, knows that violence like this against children is an international offence.
You cant have a wife and the wife will batter a small girl like this and you will claim that you dont know as the head of the house. So, what we will do is take them up and arraign her.
I have already asked the police to arrest her. They will prosecute her for that offence, to act as a deterrent to others.
Mrs. Anyima, who admitted committing the offence, said she wanted the girl to be a better person, as they are relations.
She said: Im not doing this thing to harm her; I just want her to change. She is the only daughter of her parents. I dont want her to make the mistakes I made.
I dont want her to become useless. This thing I am doing is for her to change. I am so sorry. We are the same blood, so I cannot do anything bad to her.
I told my husband that Chinyere is turning into something else. He was like, if she is becoming a problem, take her back home. We have decided to take her back home this September.
Narrating her ordeal, the visibly traumatised Chinyere, who denied ever molesting her boss child, claimed she only cleansed the childs buttocks.
She said almost on a daily basis, at the slightest mistake, her boss thrashed her with a cable, injuring her.
Author: Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja