Police arrest woman over alleged torture of 12-year-old girl in Ebonyi


The Ebonyi state police command on Tuesday said it has arrested a 35-year-old woman, one Mrs Nkechi Bartholomew for allegedly torturing a 12-year-old girl, one Miss Faith Nwanja.

It was gathered that the torture almost resulted to a serious damage in her reproductive system.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Asp Loveth Odah said the woman was arrested at Onitsha, Anambra state where she was hiding.

Also, the Head of Department of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Godwin Igwe who briefed journalists in Abakaliki said the health condition of Faith had worsened.

Investigation revealed that Bartholomew, who was childless, adopted Nwanja and took her to Onitsha, Anambra State, when she was eight years.

It was gathered that the woman allegedly inserted sticks inside the girl’s private parts which has caused serious damage in the reproductive system.

Igwe said: “The child was battered, dehumanized and subjected to degrading treatment by Mrs. Nkechi Barth at Onitsha in February. That child has been undergoing medical examination by team of expert gynecologists, team of orthopedic doctors, a team of expert opmologists because of serious harm inflicted on her reproductive system, her hand, her ear, her teeth all over.

“The woman inflicted injuries on all part of her body. Last week, her medical examination was concluded and the hospital management said the report will be released to the police as soon as it is demanded”, he said.

Igwe accused the state Police command of refusing to arraign the suspect in court.

“The woman who perpetrated the crime was arrested by the police. The police had made attempt in March to arrest the woman in Onitsha and she escaped.

“The woman was taken to court on Monday and she was not arraigned, she was later brought back. The police assured us that the woman will be taken to court again today (Tuesday) which they did not do.

“That woman should be taken to the court of competent jurisdiction for accelerated justice because justice delayed is justice denied.

“Preliminary medical reports show that the child will undergo series of plastic surgery because of part of the ear that has been chopped off, the head that has been mutilated, the mouth that has been mutilated.” He stressed.


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