An Ekiti woman has been arrested by police in Ekiti after she allegedly forced a hot iron into the private part of her five-year-old niece.
The woman, Mrs. Esther Abgundu, earlier on smeared the child’s genital with pepper. The child has been identified as Aondoaver Sewuesi.
Reports have it that the child’s offense was that she ate out of her aunt’s daughter’s meal.
The incident occurred at Ijelu-Ekiti, Oye local government area of Ekiti State, and the victim is currently receiving treatment at the Community Health Centre in the area.
“The victim was babysitting the baby of the respondent (Mrs. Abgundu) and was said to have taken a spoonful of the food she was feeding her aunt’s daughter with,” an eyewitness told our correspondent.
Both the victim and the suspect are from Gwer West local government area of Benue State with the victim’s mother living in their village.
The Justice and Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI) of Ekiti Catholic Diocese, angered by the evil act, has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding justice for the victim.
Via petition by JPDI made available to The Nation on Thursday by its Director, Rev.Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade, it reveals that officials visited the community and Oba Adetoyinbo Ajayi, the traditional ruler of the community confirmed the incident.
The monarch also ensured the woman was picked up by policemen a day after the incident was reported at the palace.
The alleged release of Mrs. Abgundu from police custody was also severely criticized by the JDPI saying it could jeopardize the investigation of the matter.