14 Apr 2016

Pregnant Woman attacks Maid, Burns Her Breasts for Waking Late (PHOTOS)

A pregnant mother, Kemi Egbukole, 36, in Abuja faces criminal charges for a vicious early morning attack on her 16-year-old house help, who she attacked with steaming water, severely injuring the girl for waking late.

Kemi poured boiling water on Hope David, badly burning her breasts, neighbours and officials said.

The mother-of-two is being investigated for child abuse and trafficking offences by the Police, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP.

The Police said she would be charged after investigations are concluded. Neighbours at their Minta 1 Estate, Lokogoma, Abuja, resident, said Egbukole had been a notorious child abuser, who repeatedly attacked Hope with dangerous objects including rods.

One of the neighbours told PREMIUM TIMES that she was startled by Hope’s screaming on March 3 morning, when the girl ran out from her home.

“She ran out of the house and came to my side,” the neighbour said. “Mrs. Egbukole was still trying to flog her with a mop stick.”

The neighbour said she followed similar treatments by Mrs. Egbukole on Hope for the two years the girl lived with Egbukoles. The neighbour said at first she thought Hope was attacked with pepper or cold water as in the past.

“I thought it was just water and pepper, or something, until the girl screamed back again in my room and I shouted, ‘What!’ the breast has pilled already.

“So I shouted and said ‘Come you did this thing to this girl and you still want to flog her again?

“I will report you to the police and NAPTIP; at that point she started begging and immediately she started telling lies,” the neighbour said.

Mrs. Egbukole claimed Hope poured herself water, according to a neighbour.

But the woman had a history of abusing the girl, the neighbour said, citing how Mrs. Egbukole a day earlier had hit Hope with a curtain rail, injuring her in the head.

The Deputy Director, Protection and Investigations, NHRC, Mr. Oparah, said the commission suspected Hope was trafficked to Abuja. He quoted Egbukole as saying that the girl was handed to her by a pastor who usually supplied girls from Nasarawa State to Abuja residents seeking house helps.

The spokesperson of NAPTIP, Joshua Emerole, said Hope would remain under the agency’s care until the end of the investigation. According to Emerole, Egbukole will face other charges including the violation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015.

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