by Bankole Wright
Ebonyi State governor, Rachael Umahi has called for the arrest of a policewoman for allegedly pouring hot water on her 15-year-old house-help.
Umahi made the call after officials from her office and the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development rescued the girl from the policewoman at her home in Mile 50, Abakaliki.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor’s wife, Donatus Owo in a statement on Saturday said the victim is receiving treatment.
“The matter has been reported to the police while the victim was taken to Police Clinic for medical treatment,’’ she said.
According to the victim, Chinyere Igwe, she had lived with the policewoman for two years within which she suffered various forms of maltreatment.
Igwe said she was preparing soup on that fateful day when her employer got annoyed that she did not prepare the soup according to her instruction.
“Only my mother is alive and I have been living with my madam for over two years now. This is as a result of my father’s death coupled with my mother’s financial handicap.
“I failed to follow her instruction and in anger, she came out and carried the pot of soup together with the egusi (melon) and threw at me and it landed on my back.
“She also carried iron and hit me on my body and ordered me to bend down and raise my leg up but I refused because my back was paining me seriously.
“She locked me up in a room while she went to boil water to pour on me.
“I pleaded with her to have mercy on me but she went inside and brought tear gas, then I started crying when she rushed to get hot water and poured on me,” Igwe said.
She added that the policewoman’s husband also hit her.
“Her husband also beat me up, but he was not aware that I had such injury because it was in the night. He later apologised and asked his wife to use honey to treat my back,” Igwe said.
The suspect, Mrs. Joy Okochi, however, claimed told the team from the Government House that she did not pour hot water on the girl intentionally.