arrested two women – one Amadi and Mama Esther – for allegedly abusing a
nine-year-old girl, Joy Esemonu, in the FESTAC Town area of the state.
was subsequently led everyday by the suspect to a pedestrian bridge in
the FESTAC area where she was made to beg for alms from passersby.
the victim’s condition on the bridge, reportedly alerted policemen from
the FESTAC division, leading to the arrest of the two women.
the Office of the Public Defender, which transferred the victim to the
National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other
case told our correspondent that Mama Esther was a relation of the
victim and had lured her from their village in Port Harcourt, Rivers
Harcourt with her parents. But last year, her mother handed her over to
Mama Esther after the latter promised to support the family by taking
the girl to Lagos. She said the girl would continue her education when
they get to Lagos.
she decided to hand her over to Amadi, who she owed some money. The
woman then decided to use her for begging.
would make her sleep before pouring a substance suspected to be chemical
on her body. By the time she woke up and scratched the spots after
feeling some pains, they would become sore. The woman would then
bandaged the place and take her out for begging.
she would make her sleep again and pour the chemical on her. The woman
started with her bottoms and then her laps. She said such had happened
about four different times.”
confession, claimed that she always collected between N2,500 to N3,000
as her share every day.
slum in the Oyingbo area, the woman always took her to FESTAC to beg.
She said there were other girls in the slum. She could not recall the
exact place where her parents lived in Port Harcourt. She mentioned
streets like Rumuokoro, Saint Jude and Rumola. She said she attended
Saint Jude Academy and was in basic three before she was brought to
Lagos. The girl explained that her younger sister, Ebierechi, was with
another family. However, the suspect had maintained that they lived
under the bridge,” he added.
Olubukola, condemned the action of the women, saying the state would
ensure that justice was served.
the height of man’s inhumanity to man which must be condemned by all.
Lagos State will never condone child abuse and cruelty and we shall go
to any length to protect our children from barbaric acts.”
last Friday and she is going through some psychological counseling and
treatment. We are also investigating if there are other people involved
in the crime. The two suspects are with the police.”