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The First Lady of Anambra State, Mrs Nonye Soludo, has frowned at the violent abuse of a child live-in maid by her guardian at Government Residential Area (GRA) Onitsha.
The governor’s wife was responding to a widely shared amateur video featuring a kid, who looked to be between nine and ten years old, with horrific burns all over her body. The wounds were allegedly caused by the girl’s guardian, Mrs. Adachukwu Okafor.
The alleged offender, who is now at large, is claimed to live with the maid at her home in Akpaka, 33 G.R.A., Onitsha, and became furious when the maid accidentally touched his private area while washing her child.
It was then that Mrs Okafor said to be a legal practitioner and a pastor in a local church, used everything within her reach, including a charged laundry iron, to feast on the maid.
Speaking shortly after directing the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare to take custody of the child and begin immediate treatment on her wounds and also conduct tests to ascertain if she sustained internal injuries, Mrs Soludo described the guardian’s act as barbaric, and heinous and vowed to ensure that full justice is served.
She expressed deep sadness about the current condition of the girl and called on anyone who has information on how to get hold of the fleeing guardian to open up as a matter of conscience and right reasons.
The governor’s wife, while stating that the state remains a red zone for abusers and those who take every opportunity to pounce on the rights of women and children, noted that the government will leave no stone unturned in dealing with anyone who has no respect for human dignity.
Mrs Soludo further re-echoed her appeal for parents to take serious consideration of their child’s age before giving them out as maids or servants and to also know the real temperaments of their child’s guardian.