A mother of three has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for torturing her 12-year-old maid on allegations of stealing meat.
According to Punch, the maid, Mmesoma Ani, is currently on admission at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Surulere, as a result of the injuries she sustained from the torture she went through in the hands of her madam.
It was gathered that Iruwane had allegedly used her fingers to pinch off the victim’s chest, and inflicted injuries on her back with a still as well as starving her for two days for allegedly stealing a piece of meat.
The suspect was reported to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender by a neighbour on their street on Nurudeen Street, Orile-Iganmu area of the state on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
Officials of the agency were said to have moved in and arrested the suspect whom they handed her over to the police at the Orile Iganmu Division while the victim was taken to the hospital.
An official of the Office of the Public Defender said that the victim has been suffering from abuse which has made her look malnourished while Iruwane's children appear well-fed.
“The girl claimed she is 12-years-old, even though she looks younger. She also looks malnourished. There were different scars on her back. The irony is that the suspect has three children and they look well-fed.
The girl claimed that she is the 11th of 12 children. She said the woman came to take her from her parents in Enugu State in December 2015. She said she was in primary three before she was brought to Lagos, but since her arrival, she had not been going to school.
She said the woman accused her of stealing a piece of meat and for about two days, she was not given food to eat.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos has confirmed the incident, stating the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni is aware of the case and is very sad about it.
Badmos added that the matter would soon be charged to court as soon as the police conclude investigations.