A man, ThankGod Madubuchi and his wife, Juliet, have been arrested by the police for allegedly burning a 10-year-old girl’s face with hot iron.
The victim, identified simply as Chinansa, is said to be ThankGod\’s niece and lived with the couple at their house on Anjorin Street, Mushin.
It was learnt that ThankGod and his wife were alleged to have always assaulted the victim over minor offences, as appeals from neighbours fell on deaf ears.
However, the couple went too far on September 5, when they tortured Chinansa with a hot iron and burnt off a part of her face. The victim was accused of licking powdered chocolate without permission.
The couple allegedly locked up the girl in the house, which drew the attention of other tenants. Their neighbours alerted officials of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT.
An official of the agency told PUNCH METRO that neighbours attested to the regular abuse of Chinansa.
He said, “The abuse had been going on for a long time. We were informed that in the past, the man’s wife used razor blades to cut her in different parts of the body because she mistakenly tore her (Juliet) clothes. The neighbours didn’t raise the alarm that time because they thought the couple would change until the one that happened on that Tuesday.”
It was learnt that policemen from Ilupeju division in Lagos arrested the couple as two officials of the DSVRT and an officer of the Child Protection Unit rescued the victim from the house.
The couple were subsequently charged and arraigned before an Ogba Chief Magistrate’s Court on counts bordering on child abuse.
They however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail by the Chief Magistrate, T. Akanbi.
Juliet was granted bail on self-recognition because she was nursing a six-month-old baby, while her husband was granted bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till September 20, 2017.
- Bola Kougbe