The Enugu State Police Command have arrested one Mr Effiok Umo and his wife, Nnenna Umo, for allegedly abusing and assaulting their 12-year-old daughter, Mercy Umo.
The couple was arrested on July 12, following a distress call placed by concerned neighbours.
The command’s spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe Ekea, who confirmed the arrest said, “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 flog, hit and/or beat her up.
The height of it happened on 10/07/2020 at about 10:30 when the wife, who is the child’s stepmother, abused and assaulted her to the extent of inflicting her bodily harm on the excuse that she dozed off while slicing onions required for food being prepared 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.”