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Woman Arrested For Brutalizing 19 year-old Pupil in Anambra

A 19-year-old primary 3 pupil has been rescued by the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, Anambra State from the hands of her 60-year-old guardian who brutalized her.

The Ministry of Women and Social Welfare in Anambra State intervened to rescue Chidiebere Otenyi, a 19-year-old victim of domestic abuse in Ezinifite, Aguata Local Government Area.

Martha Umenweke, the alleged perpetrator in her late 60s, was apprehended and transferred to the police for investigation and prosecution at the Children, Sexual, and Gender-Based Violence Magistrate Court in Awka.

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The ministry, alerted by a whistleblower, swiftly acted upon learning of the incident.

Commissioner of Police, Ify Obinabo expressed outrage over the brutality inflicted on Chidiebere and vowed to ensure justice is served.

Chidiebere, originally from Nkanu, Enugu State, endured severe punishment and was even demoted to Primary 3 by her employer, Martha.

Martha justified her actions by accusing Chidiebere of theft. The case is now in the hands of the authorities for further legal proceedings.

The statement read, “Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare has rescued one Chidiebere Otenyi, another victim of domestic abuse in Ezinifite, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.

“This they did when a whistle-blower who witnessed the ugly incident brought it to the attention of the commissioner.

“Reacting in her office, in Awka, after the team sent from the ministry had rescued the girl, Obinabo, who was furious over the dastardly act vowed to deal with the perpetrator, Mrs Martha Umenweke.

“Obinabo, who was angry over the extent of damage given to the girl, stated that the culprit wouldn’t go scot-free since she had the mind to inflict injuries and pain on another person.

“The victim, a 19-year-old Chidiebere Otenyi from Nkanu, Enugu State, said that her madam accused her of stealing her N25,000, which she said she did not steal and that prompted her to beat her to a pulp.

“Chidiebere, who was still in pain at the time of the rescue, said she’s lived with Martha for a year and four months, but she gets severely punished at the slightest provocation especially being starved.

“Upon further questioning, it was discovered that the 19-year-old is still in Primary 3, which, according to her, her boss was the one who demoted her in class when she came.”

Ikeanyionwu explained that during interrogation, Umenweke said she punished the maid for stealing her money.

“On why she brutalised her ward, Martha Umenweke, who is in her late 60s, claimed that Chidiebere stole her money, hence the meeting.

“It was also gathered during the rescue that Martha had an alibi one, Mr David, who, after she had beaten the girl, helped tie up her hands and legs,” Ikeanyionwu added

Ikeanyionwu said the case had been handed over to the police for further interrogation and prosecution at the Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Magistrate court in Awka.

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