Woman Justifies Why She Battered Her 15-Year Old House Help So Bad (Photo)

                                                                     Amadi’s body
A 15-year-old girl, Oluebube Amadi, has refused to report
her guardian, Mrs. Ebere Ugochukwu, to the police for allegedly assaulting her. Amadi, a primary six pupil, lives with the woman on Muhammed
Akinje Street, Ejigbo, Lagos State.
It was learnt that a Good Samaritan who met her while she
was writhing in pain on the street advised the victim to report the assault to
the police. But she turned down the idea for fear of being punished again by
the guardian.

Punch Metro learnt that Amadi had told the Good Samaritan,
identified simply as Rukayat, that she was, on January 11, spanked by Ugochukwu
for sending one of her daughters on an errand.

The victim had reportedly added that the woman applied
pepper on her injuries after the flogging.
However, Ugochukwu told our correspondent that she spanked
the victim for allegedly masturbating. She also justified the assault on the
ground that Amadi had a habit of stealing.
Ugochukwu said, “She touches her private parts with her
fingers and she has started doing same to my daughters. I was really annoyed.
When I asked her where she learnt it, she said she used to do it in the
village. The beating I gave her was the highest since she has been living with
me. I tied her hands and legs. Besides, she is used to stealing. She steals my
money and items from school.
“I brought her from Enugu in 2012 to look after my children
because I used to lock them up whenever I was going out. My mother got her for
me from her parents, who live beside our house.”
Although the girl confessed to the allegations, she insisted
that Ugochukwu punished her on the fateful day for sending her daughter on
She said, “She usually flogs me. I steal and do bombom
(masturbate), but I did not steal that day. She beat me for sending her
daughter to bring me soap to wash plates.”
When our correspondent inquired to know why she engaged in
such acts, she did not respond. However, when asked whether the woman sprinkled
pepper on the scars in her back, she said, “She will beat me if I tell you.”
Ugochukwu’s husband Emeka, a vehicle inspection officer,
said, “The items she stole from school are still with her. I told her to return
them. I will take her back to her parents.”
A neighbour to the woman, who craved anonymity, said beating
has become “a hobby” for the girl.

“That is how she beats her. Everybody has complained,
including the landlady to no avail. We even told her to take her back to the
village if she can’t cope with her. Now, nobody bothers to intervene whenever
the girl is being flogged,” she said.

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