An Eight-year-old Chiamaka Oha employed as a maid is battling for her life at the General Hospital, Uga, Anambra State, after she was allegedly bathed with hot water by her employer, known as Ogochukwu Anichukwu, for licking her baby’s milk.
Newsnaija gathered that the victim, who hails from the Ugwueme community in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, lived with her employer and the husband at their house at Nanka community, in the Orumba North LGA of Anambra State.
It was learned that the employer, Anichukwu, on September 25, 2020, poured the hot water on the eight-year old for licking her baby’s milk and shut the door against her to prevent people from seeing the injuries she sustained as a result of the attack.
It was gathered the girl was rescued after a neighbor who visited Anichukwu saw the maid’s condition and reported the matter to a non-governmental organization, Human Rights Legal Aid Initiative. The NGO was said to have rushed the victim to a medical facility in the area.
It was also gathered another group, known as Awgu Egbeleli Socio-Cultural Development and Unity Forum, transferred the victim to a general hospital.
A member of the forum, Chidi Okoh, who spoke to our source, said the group got to know about the incident through social media.
Okoh, said, “When we saw a video of the girl on social media, we were moved with compassion, and we sent one of our members, Chief Sunday Nwankwo, who resides in Onitsha, to investigate the incident. When he got there, he was shocked at the inhuman act meted out to the victim by the woman and her husband.
Newsnaija learned “Chief Nwankwo settled the medical bill at the initial private hospital where the victim was taken to for rescue before moving her to the general hospital.
“The neighbors confirmed to have seen the girl eating sand on several occasions because of starvation. When we asked the woman why she poured hot water on the victim, she said she was bathing her baby and didn’t know when the hot water poured on her; her husband admitted to beating and inflicting injuries on her.”
Akaneme Chijioke, The Ekwuloba Zonal Coordinator of Human Rights Legal Aid Initiative, who condemned the attack, noted that the victim was in pain when she was rescued.
Chijioke, said, “There were sores all over her body. The woman used a hard object to beat her and damaged her fingernails. Her face and mouth are filled with injuries.
“The girl looked frail, hungry, malnourished and traumatized and when we asked the woman what happened, she said she mistakenly poured hot water on her. When we took the child aside to interrogate her, she said the woman was always beating her and that she never licked any milk. She also said she ate sand sometimes to stay alive. We then went back to the woman to find out why they had not taken the girl to the hospital; she said they did not have money.”
the matter was reported at the Uga Area Command and the couple had been arrested.
However, Haruna Mohammed, The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, said he was not aware of the matter.