By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—A five-year-old girl (names withheld) whose aunty inserted a hot knife into her private parts for eating out of her daughter’s food, is said to be finding it difficult to walk or sit due to severe pains.
Mrs. Esther Abgundu, a native of Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State, according to a petition by the Justice Development and Peace Commission, JDPC, in the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, had earlier inserted pepper in the girl’s private parts after allegedly beating her up.
In the petition to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, by JDPC Director, Reverend Father Emmanuel Akingbade, “the five-year-old is a niece to Mrs Abgundu and they reside together at Ijelu-Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
“The victim was babysitting Mrs Abgundu’s baby and in the course of feeding the baby, she took a spoon of the baby’s food and ate.
“This annoyed the respondent so much that she inserted pepper in her private parts. The respondent further put a knife in the fire and inserted the hot knife in the victim’s private parts, and equally impressed the hot knife on the outer part of her private parts.
“Still not satisfied, she was beaten mercilessly and urged not to cry aloud.”
JDPI said when it received the report of the incident, its officials visited the community as well as the traditional ruler, Oba Isaac Adetoyinbo Ajayi.
His words: “The Elejelu of Ijelu-Ekiti confirmed the report and further informed us that he has notified the Divisional Police Officer of Ilupeju-Ekiti of the incident and the latter sent officers to arrest the respondent a day after the incident was reported at the palace.”
Father Akingbade added that the monarch “confirmed also that the victim was, on the night of the incident, rushed to Ijelu-Ekiti Health Centre.”
According to the JDPI Director, “we visited the health centre for verification and questioning,” and further explained that the officials of the centre, as well as relatives of the victim, confirmed the incident.”
He lamented that the five-year-old had been a victim of “frequent inhuman and degrading treatments,” adding “we took a closer look at the victim to confirm the incident of maltreatment, child abuse and molestation.”
JDPI boss also alleged that Mrs Abgundu “was released barely few hours after her arrest and boastfully roams the streets of Ijelu-Ekiti as if nothing happened, while the victim is neither able to walk nor sit well and still groans in much pains and discomfort.”