A 36-year old woman, Nkeiruka, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police
Command for allegedly inflicting injuries on her house maid with heated
The mother of four is also detained for allegedly pouring hot water on the
victim at No. 47, Ogundana Street, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja
The suspects who is being interrogated for many other crimes against the
victim was equally alleged to have inflicted marks on the victim .
It was gathered that the suspect,brought 10-year-old Chioma Samuel, to
Lagos from Umuoju, Ngwu in Abia State, sometimes in January ,after the
death of the girl’s father.
It was gathered that rather than keeping to the promise of good life
she made to the girl’s mother, before she was handed over to her, she made
life a living hell for the child.
The maid was mentally and physically abused with many injury marks to show
According to Police public relations officer, Mr.Chike Oti, Chioma’s
latest tale of woes was recorded on Wednesday, March 7, when the suspect
allegedly used a well heated electric iron to cause grievous injury to the
victim’s hands and legs.He said she also poured hot water on Chioma ,
which scalded her skin.
He said however,”on Thursday, March 8, Nkeiruka’s cup of iniquity got
filled when she brought her children to a private school located somewhere
in Ikeja, and unfortunately for her, the prying eyes of other mothers who
came to the same school to drop off their kids, noticed the gaping wounds
on the upper and lower limbs of the victim, who had accompanied the suspect
to the school.
” After questioning the girl, they waited for her madam, who had gone to
drop her kids in their different classrooms. When she finished and was
about to drive off, the women who nearly mobbed her confronted her,but,Some
teachers who heard their piercing voices as they rent the air calmed them.
” The women warned the suspect to take the girl to the hospital or they
would petition the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, whom Lagosians have
come to know as one who takes strong stance against such crimes and other
related crimes against children, women and vulnerable persons in the
“In spite of their warning to report her to the commissioner of
police,the suspect, like the proverbial dog that wouldn’t hearken to its
master’s clarion call when death is lurking around the corner, stubbornly
came to the school on Friday, March 9, accompanied by the victim, whose
wounds were manifestly untreated.
“With their warnings taken for granted, the women made good their promise,
and called the attention of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal
to the matter who immediately ordered the arrest of the woman and directed
the Gender Section of the Command to take the child-victim to police
hospital for proper treatment and also ordered that the girl is fed very
well until the Social Welfare Department of the Lagos State Government
comes for her”
Oti said While investigation into the case is in progress, the adult
offender would have her day in the court of law, today.