A pregnant mother in Abuja faces criminal charges for a vicious early morning attack on her 16-year-old house help, who she attacked with steaming water, severely injuring the girl for waking late. Kemi Egbukole, 36, poured boiling water on Hope David, badly burning her breasts, neighbours and officials said.
Mrs. Egbukole is being investigated for child abuse and trafficking offences by the Police, National Human Rights
Commission and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP. Police said Mrs. Egbukole would be charged after investigations are concluded.
The mother of two said she attacked Hope because she failed to wake up early. She had earlier denied responsibility for the assault.
According to the Deputy Director, Protection and Investigations, National Human Rights Commission, Lambert Oparah, Mrs. Egbukole later admitted the attack, but claimed it was an accident, and that Hope was immediately taken for medical treatment.
Mr. Oparah however noted that the medication given to Hope was faulty.
“She was taken to a chemist, they put plasters around her breast which was not quite good,” he said.
Neighbours at Minta 1 Estate, Lokogoma, Abuja, where the family lives, said Mrs. Egbukole had been a notorious child abuser, who repeatedly attacked Hope with dangerous objects including rods. The latest attack happened on March 3, they said.
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