A 10-year-old girl, Vera, and her younger sister, Favour, five, are grappling with injuries inflicted on them by their stepmother. The woman, Chidima Nnachi, reportedly beat up Vera, rubbed pepper on her eyes and burned her back with a hot knife.
She also reportedly injured Favour on the forehead and inserted pepper in her eyes for allegedly soiling her body. While the children were rescued and taken into protective custody by the Office of Public , Nnachi was arrested by the police from the Ejigbo division.
This website learnt that the 29-year-old trader allegedly tortured Vera, a primary four pupil because she went to play after returning from the school on February 7, 2018.
It was gathered that the children’s mother died in 2012 after she gave birth to Favour. A neighbour was said to have reported the case at the Police Division and the suspect was apprehended.
She told the police that Nnachi had been maltreating the children for a long time, adding that Vera’s groans on that day prompted her to make a report.
He said, “It was a neigbour who called my attention to the maltreatment of the children by their stepmother. I witnessed the torture of the girl (Vera) by her stepmother. She beat her for about three hours on that day. I was sad and informed the community development association chairman who advised that that we should report the case to the police.”
Vera said she had returned from her school – some distance away from the house – on the day with Favour, but returned to the school premises to play.
She said when she returned home around 3.30pm, she met her stepmother, who beat her up with a stick for playing on the street.
The girl added that Nnachi put a knife in a burning liquefied petroleum gas (cooking gas) for some minutes and pressed it on her back.