Abia First Lady who paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital where the victim was receiving medical attention in Umuahia, the state capital, said that she was shocked at the bodily injuries inflicted on the child by her guardian.
Mrs. Ikpeazu who described the action of Mrs. as very inhumane and barbaric the action of the woman who is said to have force-fed the child with boiling water and also allegedly poked pepper into the child’s private parts. Medical investigations show the girl has been victimised for more than a year.
“I saw the first pictures of the injuries of the girl last week and immediately I reached out to the commissioner of police Mrs Janet Agbede.
“She has assured me that the investigation has been speeded up and the perpetrator will be charged to court.
“I have confidence in the police under Mrs. Agbede, she is a mother and understands the importance of safeguarding our children. Last Friday I also directed the State Action Committee Against Gender Based Violence to follow up on the case and work with stakeholders including FIDA, Child Protection Network, NAPTIP and others and ensure things are done right.
“I am certain that justice will be gotten to serve as a deterrent to others who are in the habit of viciously maltreating our children,” Mrs. Ikpeazu said.
“I came to the hospital today to see things for myself and I am indeed shocked at the brutality, barbarism and the viciousness of the attacks on the little girl.
“I have directed my personal physician to join the medical team handling the girl’s care while we are also getting throat specialists and surgeons to look at her. I have made some donations towards her care and upkeep and I will also pick up her medical bills at the end of treatment.
“I have met with her parents and expressed my sympathies with them.
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“However it is important that we emphasize here that parents should take care of their biological children and stop trafficking out children to people who do not appreciate or value life. Give birth to your child and care for them. Do not have more children than you can adequately train.”