Lawmaker, group seek justice for girl burnt by guardian in Imo


Okey Onyekanma, a former deputy speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and a representative for the Mbaitoli state constituency, has asked Muhammed Berde, the state’s commissioner of police, to begin criminal proceedings against Uzoma Egemba, a guardian who was detained in Owerri on Thursday after being accused of scalding his 12-year-old maid Chimkamso Ekeocha’s buttocks

Onyekanma referred to the burning as “child abuse, infliction of grievous bodily harm, and inhuman treatment” in a petition to the CP.

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The lawmaker identified the minor as a constituent and declared that his office would work with the police to see that the victim received justice.

My attention has been drawn to a case of child abuse and the infliction of severe physical harm on 12-year-old maid Chikamso Ekeocha by his guardian, Mr. Uzoma Egemba, for using his children’s bicycle, according to a portion of the petition.
“According to the victim, Mr. Egemba used a pressing iron to burn his buttocks, thighs, and body on Sunday, June 26, at his home in World Bank, Owerri.

“This heinous act constitutes child abuse, the infliction of great bodily harm, and inhuman treatment, all of which are prohibited by the Child Right Law and Criminal Code Act of Nigeria, as well as Part 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

“Chikamso Ekeoha, who has been admitted at the Specialist Hospital, Umuguma, is from Ubomiri in the Mbaitoli LGA, and I am a member of the Imo State House of Assembly for the Ubomiri LGA.
Therefore, I respectfully request that you use your good offices to look into the case, prosecute the suspect as necessary, and see to it that Chikamso, the minor, receives justice.

The state chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists also urged the CP and the state government to ensure the minor receives justice.

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Vivian Otti, the state chair of NAWOJ, made a statement as she led some association members to visit the victim at the hospital. She promised to work to see that the girl received justice.

Otti stated that the NAWOJ in the state would brief a lawyer joining the team bringing the suspect to justice.

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