Mrs. Ugochukwu Ebere, the guardian of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly assaulted, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.
A woman who is allegedly responsible for the battering of a 15-year-old girl, who stays with her, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command.
A Good Samaritan had tipped Punch about the plight of the 15-year-old girl, Oluebube Amadi, in the hands of her guardian. The girl had alleged that she was flogged and had pepper sprinkled on the scars left by the flogging on Sunday, January 11. Oluebube Amadi told the Good Samaritan, known as Rukayat that she was whipped for sending one of her guardian’s daughters to bring her soap to do the dishes.
When the newspaper got in touch with the woman, Mrs. Ugochukwu Ebere, she justified the brutal act saying that the girl was in the habit of masturbating and stealing.
The Lagos State Office of the Public Defender and Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation along with some policemen stormed the rented home of Mrs. Ugochukwu at Mohammed Akinje Street in the Ejigbo area of Lagos to arrest her.
The arrest was also said to have been orchestrated by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire who ordered the arrest after reading about the plight of the girl. Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana also mediated in the matter.
According to Punch, the deputy governor of Lagos State had ordered the agency and WAPA to trail the guardian after reports about the plight of the 15-year-old hit the news. Femi Falana had also waded into the matter, telling Punch that his chambers would petition the police and ensure that the girl got justice.
Spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, has revealed that woman who was arrested is pregnant.
“Both the girl and the woman are with us under protective custody. The woman is pregnant. We are not detaining them. We are ready to work with the OPD as soon as it formally writes us to investigate the matter,” DSP Kenneth Nwosu told Punch.