Woman in police net for inserting pepper into maid’s private
By O’star Eze & Praise Necherem
Mrs Charity Effiong, a 40-something-year-old housewife, has been arrested and detained at the Central Police Station, Awka for allegedly assaulting and inserting pepper into her maidservant’s private parts.
Orient Weekend gathered that Mrs Effiong, described as a devoted Christian, allegedly peppered the 12-year-old girl’s private part at their residence at Nzekwe Street, near Kwata junction in Awka, Anambra state during an interrogation over alleged theft of her N26,000.
The victim, simply identified as Precious is a Primary 4 pupil of Ikwodiaku Primary School, Awka and hails from Agbelu-Agba in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state. She was allegedly stripped and peppered by the suspect in her bid to make her confess to the act.
This paper learnt that the assaulted girl was later driven out from the house around 10.30pm upon not owning up to the alleged crime. She was found wandering and weeping by a passer-by along the Kwata road.
The passer-by, Mrs Amaka Okoye, said it took her about 30 minutes to douse the effect of the pepper on the girl. Okoye further disclosed that after she reported the matter to Central Police Station, Awka, Mrs Effiong stormed the same police station the following day claiming that her ward was abducted by a neighbour. After listening to her false claims, the divisional police officer in charge of the station ordered her detention for the dehumanising treatment on Precious.
The victim who sustained varying degrees of injuries on her body during the ordeal, told newsmen that the incident was just one of the series of maltreatments she suffered while living with Mrs Effiong. “She always flogged me with cable wire. She has her own children but she hardly beats or sends them on any errand,” she claimed.
The Anambra state police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the woman said “the girl stole her N26,000 which led her to remove her pants so that she can see whether she hid the money inside her pant.” The PPRO, however, added that the suspect had been charged while the girl was handed over to her parents.
Reacting, the secretary, Anambra State Child Protection Network, Hope Okoye, described the action as a violation of the state Child Right Act of 2004.
“Stuffing Cameroon pepper in the girl’s private part is another level of abuse which has psychological, physical and emotional consequences. I don’t know why this should be swept under the carpet. We shall take up. This is inhumane treatment on the little child,” she stated.