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Grandmother arrested for pouring pepper into 11-year-old house help’s eyes, genitals

A 75-year-old grandmother have been arrested by the police in Ebonyi State for allegedly flogging and pouring pepper into the eyes and private parts of her 11-year-old house help.

THE DAILY VENDOR reports that the woman, whose name was given as Mrs Comfort Obi, was arrested by officers of the Ekumenyi Police Station in Abakaliki.

Our correspondent gathered that the septuagenarian was reported at the police station by one of her neighbours, Mr Osita Ezechukwu, who could no longer bear the level of abuse being done to the maid.

“The suspect had been cautioned repeatedly to desist from torturing the girl. Apart from flogging her, the woman also subjects the girl to hard labour,” Ezechukwu stated.

THE DAILY VENDOR investigation revealed that the victim, who hails from the Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, was brought by her aunt to live with the septuagenarian on Gunning Road, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, 12 months ago.

It was also gathered that the victim’s mother was dead and her four siblings currently live with their father, who has vision impairment.

“My madam usually invites people to flog me whenever I commit any offence and pour pepper into my private parts and eyes. This latest incident was because I was hungry and I took her biscuits and fruit juice,” the victim bemoaned. Meanwhile, the victim’s body bore the scars of repeated flogging which proves the extent of abuse so far.

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