A little girl, Chioma Ogbu has been allegedly inflicted with varying degrees of injury by her Master in 3-3 area of Onitsha, Anambra State.
The suspect, Hillary Apeh from Enugu state was said to have severally assaulted the victim with marks all over her body for not fetching water for him to bath with
A resident of the area who simply identified himself as Statesman, described the act as barbaric, saying the matter has been reported to nearby police station.
He said, “We found the girl along the street fetching water at night with a swollen face and bruises all over her body.
“When we asked her what happened, she could not talk because she had lost her voice while crying.
“We quickly reported the matter to the police and the man was summoned together with his wife. He told the police that he beat the girl because he came back from market and there was no water at home for him to bathe.
“This man’s first daughter is older than this innocent girl, yet he could not demonstrate his anger on his own daughter for not fetching water.”
The victim who later narrated her ordeal, said she was compelled to stay with the uncle following the mother’s inability to train her in school.
“I never wanted to be a house-help but my uncle promised my mother who is his sister that he will send me to school, a promise he never fulfilled.
“I stay at home while my uncle’s children go to school. I sleep in the kitchen while my uncle’s children sleep on the bed. His wife starves my over minor provocation, atimes the whole day,” she sobered.
The suspect is still in police custody, it was gathered.