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A herbalist, Mr. Sunday Ezeh, was, on Tuesday, arrested for maltreating and allegedly attempting to use her daughter for ritual purposes in Anambra State.
The Public Relations Officer of the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, made this known in a statement issued in Awka, the State capital, on Tuesday.
According to her, the 17-year-old victim hails from Nise in Awka South Local Government Area of the State.
She further explained that the survivor, who is currently hospitalized at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, was rescued through the intervention of the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs. Ify Obinabo, who intervened immediately she received information from some good-spirited individuals in the community, about the inhumane treatments meted out to the victim by her father.
When interrogated by the Commissioner, the suspect, Mr. Ezeh, who said he was a herbalist, claimed that he beat the daughter and hit her on the head for defecating and urinating around, after having severally warned her against that.
In her reaction, Commissioner Obinabo, who was visibly angry at the rate of child abuse and inhumane treatments being meted out to the vulnerable group in the state, utterly condemned Mr. Ezeh’s action, describing it as heartless, inhumane and unjustifiable. She also opined that the case, which she tagged an attempted murder, might also have some ritual undertones.
She went further to warn that anyone caught abusing any child in Anambra state must face the full weight of the law, even as she appreciated everyone who contributed in one way or the other to the discovery and rescue of child. She also advised the citizens to raise alarm anytime they notice what is not going well in their areas.(www.naija247news.com).