The Lagos state police command has arrested a Nurse who goes by the name Mrs Yetunde Bello for iallegedly torturing her 10-year-old housemaid, Paulina, with a hot iron.
According to Saturday Punch, Bello inflicted an injury on Paulina’s lap with a hot iron as punishment for damaging the knob of a tap on the premises of her residence located on Odutan Street, Araromi, in the Iyana Ipaja area of the state. This won’t be Bello’s first time of torturing the child.
On that fateful day, Bello was said to have returned from work and found the girl pressing clothes when she descended on her. All pleas from neighbours to stop, fell on deaf ears.
The girl was seen with the injuries while out running errands and the person reported the assault to a human rights group, Esther Child Rights Foundation.
The resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Saturday PUNCH that “The woman has been abusing the girl for some months now. She did not allow her to go to school. She brought the girl from her village in Benue sometime in January 2018 and burdened her with a lot of domestic chores. She would beat her to correct any mistake she made.
“Recently, the woman instructed her to fetch water from the tap. Unfortunately, she damaged the knob of the tap in the process and was scared to tell her boss knowing that she would be seriously dealt with.
“When the woman returned from work, neighbours begged her to pardon the girl. On getting inside, she met the girl ironing clothes. She collected the iron from her and placed it on her lap.”
A source said 37-year-old Bello told the police that Paulina fell on the ground and sustained the injury, but the girl refuted the claim, insisting that her boss slammed the hot iron on her.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, adding that the woman had been arraigned.
He said, “The suspect is a nurse. She has two kids and the victim, a 10-year-old girl lived with her.
“She was arrested for assaulting the girl and charged to Ogba Magistrate Court on May 28, 2018. The case was adjourned till July 4 for trial.”