A microbiologist, Mrs Nnaemeka Nwachukwu, with one of the research institutes in Vom, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State has been arrested by the Police Command for brutalizing her maid.
The deceased identified as Margaret Joshua from Kebbi state reportedly ran away from the insurgency in her community before some supposed helper took her to serve in Nwachukwu’s home in Jos.
A source who spoke with Vanguard disclosed that Nnaemeke never enrolled the child in school as promised but rather maltreated her daily.
It was gathered that the deceased was forced to sit on a bucket of hot water which burnt her bum.
This resulted in her death, as she passed away on 14 November 2022, after being taken to the hospital.
Speaking about the development, the Plateau State Coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission, Grace Pam stated that their office is investigating the issue.
She also said that based on the number of scars and bruises on the little girl’s body, her guardians must have tortured her repeatedly while she lived with the family.
In her words: “Our attention was called to the situation, on Monday, by a staff in the hospital, who said that an 11-year-old girl was seriously beaten and injured by her guardian, in Vom.
“The girl had scars and burns on her body. We were told that she was taken to Mandela hospital in Kaduna Vom before she was referred to Jos.
“When some of our staff met with the suspect at the Police Station in Vom where she was detained, she confessed she has been beating her and claimed the girl used to masturbate, so she was punishing her so she that could stop.
“She claimed she did not know what used to come over her because she felt bad anytime she beats the child.”