A father, Sunday Ezeh, has allegedly locked up his 17-year-old step daughter for a month, tied her hands and feet without food, and the innocent girl was reported to have sustained a lot of injury in all parts of her body
Penpushing reports that the victim who hailed from Nise in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, has however, been rescued by the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare and was taken to Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, for medical diagnosis and treatment.
The Commissioner of Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, told journalist that some indigenes of the Nise area gave a tip-off to the ministry that , the step father, a traditionalist, allegedly maltreated and locked up the girl.
Penpushing further reports that Obinabo explained that due to the sensitivity of the case, the ministry collaborated with the local vigilante to rescue the girl and apprehend the accused before handing him over to the police.
‘Due to the sensitivity of the case, the ministry collaborated with the local vigilante to rescue the girl and apprehend the accused before handing him over to the police. The girl sustained a lot of injury in all parts of her body and as a result was billed for emergency surgery in the head. The surgery was successful, and she is recuperating at the paediatrics ward of the teaching hospital,” she said.
Penpushing also reports that, the victim while narrating her ordeal said that her stepfather tied her hands and feet and locked her up in a room for one month without food, adding that she could not explain what she did wrong and warrant such maltreatment
“I cannot remember what I did wrong but my father told me I messed up the compound with my poo and that beating me and locking me up without food was my punishment.He used a Bamboo plank to hit me on the head which was why I had a head injury. People around saw the way he was beating me and came to my rescue,” she said.
Penpushing reports that the suspect, said he was only punishing his daughter for her disobedience and for desecrating his compound with poo, declaring that such acts were against his traditional belief and practice.
Meanwhile the Commissioner Ministry of Women and Social Welfare emphasized that the state had zero tolerance for any form of crime or abuse against children, and that offenders would be made to face the wrath of the law ,stressing that the case had been transferred to the Anambra State Police Criminal Investigative Department.
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