Police arrests couple for brutalizing their 12-year old daughter

The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested one Effiok Umo and his wife, Nnenna Umo, both of Okwojo Ngwo, Udi LGA, for allegedly abusing and assaulting their 12-year old daughter, Mercy Umo and inflicting serious injuries on her.

The arrest is sequel to information received by the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman, from the National Human Rights Commission, Enugu on 12/07/2020.

The Commissioner, while frowning at the unbecoming occurrence of acts of child abuse, assault and inflicting of grievous bodily harm on children, has vowed to prosecute the suspects to serve as deterrent to parents/guardians, who intend or have been committing such inhuman acts that infringes upon the personality and Fundamental Human Rights of children, especially susceptible ones.

Preliminary investigation shows that the couple are used to abusing and assaulting the child for little or no justifiable reasons by using objects, such as sticks, electric wires, heels of shoes and so on to mercilessly beat her up.

The height of it happened on 10/07/2020 when the wife, who is the child's stepmother, abused and assaulted her to the extent of inflicting bodily harm on the excuse that she dozed off while slicing onions required for food being prepared for the said night. This led to neighbours, who have found their act of inhuman treatment of the child unbearable, reporting the matter to the Police through National Human Rights Commission.

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