Kaduna deaconess faces prosecution for teenage battering after investigation

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, who identified the woman as Mrs Yemi Awolola, said on Saturday that the deaconess, who is also a senior officer with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, would be charge to court immediately after investigation by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department

He said,

“Operatives of the command have arrested the woman who allegedly tortured a 14-year-old girl believed to be her home help on Friday.

The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department and investigation has commenced. Immediately investigation is completed, she will be charge to court for prosecution.

Jalige also said, “she has been taken to the hospital for medical examinations and treatment.”

Victim named as Princess was allegedl taken from the Internally displaced Peoples camp, Kajuru in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State after much pleading from her parents.

Saying she was handed over to the deaconess with promise that she would go to school.

There was no concrete detail regarding why the woman battered the teenager. But a source stated thus “she was accused of putting a knife on a burner or stove and when it’s hot, she placed it on her face.”

Pictures showing battered body of the teenager were all over the Internet on Saturday with many Nigerians commenting on the development.

Another Nigerian, Mis_janey, commenting:

“What exactly is happening? I think it is high time people stopped giving out their children. The wickedness from guardians is becoming too much,” another user, Chicapparelhub, wrote.

 “Why treat someone’s own child like an animal and cry when yours have headache? It is a mark of wickedness and evil….Do unto others as you would love to be treated,” Ozor_iyanga stated.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hafsat Baba, said Awolola’s offence contravened the state Child Welfare and Protection Law.

According to her, the state will sanction the offender on three counts of child labour, violence against children as well as sexual violence.

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