A 32-year-old woman, Comfort Essie, has been arrested in Ijesha by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly battering her 9-year-old niece, Queendaline Phillips, for eating out of a plate of soup which the woman reportedly kept in the house. The incident, which occurred on Thursday, January 14, 2016, was reported at the FESTAC Police Division.
The class teacher of Phillips, who is in Primary 1 in a community school, had noticed that the girl was quiet and complained of pains in the class. The teacher reportedly inquired from the girl, and she explained that her buttocks had peeled from the alleged torture from her aunt.
Teacher thereafter reported the matter to the school authorities, which in turn informed the police, and Essie was arrested.
Officials of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation had provided a temporary shelter for Phillips and she was being given medical treatment.