Wife of Police Officer Remanded in Prison for Mutilating Her 10-year-old House Help

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Caroline Akanwa, the wife of a police officer has been remanded in prison following her violent attacks on her 10-year-old niece Chioma Uneneme who doubled as her house help, Punch reports.

The 38-year-old businesswoman was arrested by the Area C Police Command, Lagos State, for allegedly mutilating the 10-year-old who she brought from Anambra State in 2015 to stay with her family at the Iponri Police Barracks. Akanwa, who sold recharge cards, reportedly punished Chioma at the slightest provocation, inflicting the child with wounds. Sources close to the family said Chioma was once punished severely for selling a N100 card at N97.

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The shocking child abuse case was brought to the attention of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender after Chioma’s teacher took her to a hospital for treatment and the management demanded a police extract, prompting the school to write a petition.

Upon her arrested, Akanwa admitted to the child abuse accusations, pleading that she never intended to harm the child.

She said:

“Chioma (Uneneme) is my niece. I brought her to Lagos last year and she has been staying with me. I never intended to inflict injuries on her.

Some time ago, a customer came to buy a N1,000 recharge card. She sold it for N970 after the person said he did not have the balance. I spanked her for it.

The latest happened on June 7. My husband and I were not in the house. Somebody came and said my husband’s car was blocking his and he could not move out.

She gave the person my husband’s car key and the man bashed my husband’s car while trying to move it. When I returned and saw what had happened, I beat her. Aside these, she steals from me. I beat her like I beat my children.”

Speaking with Punch, the Director of the OPD, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi, said the case was brought to their notice by Chioma’s school,  St. Paul Primary School, Iponri.

“The initial scars she got from the beating had not healed, yet she decided to inflict more injuries on her,” Rotimi told the press. “She used her hand, cane, stick and other objects to beat her. People must learn to control their anger.”

“We have taken custody of the child and she is now in one of our transit homes,” the director continued, adding, “The suspect has two children, including a baby of about six months.”

Akanwa has been arraigned in court, but she pleaded not guilty to the charges. She was admitted to bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

“The magistrate said one of the sureties must be a blood relation and the second, a civil servant of level 12 and above. One must also have a landed property in Lagos and the property should be verified by the Lagos State Government. The sum of N50,000 is to be paid to the account of the Auditor General of Lagos State,” Punch reports.

Akanwa is currently in police custody pending when she meets the condition.