Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ebonyi First Lady To Take Legal Actions Against Policewoman Who Poured Hot Soup On Her Maid

Mrs. Rachael Umahi, wife of Ebonyi State Governor has made known her hurt about a house-help that was scarred by her boss. Mrs Umahi declared on Wednesday that she would take legal actions against the woman, a policewoman, Mrs. Joy Okochi.

Speaking in Abakaliki through her Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Donatus Owo, the governor’s wife said she planned to intervene in the matter to ensure the victim gets justice.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred on June 24, when Mrs. Joy Okochi, a police officer, was alleged to have poured hot soup on Miss Chinyere Igwe.

Igwe, 15, a house-help to Okochi, was said to have sustained serious injuries from the incident.

Meanwhile, the Director of Child Welfare Development in the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Godwin Igwe, has condemned how the police was handling the matter.

Igwe alleged that the police officers handling the case had invited the schedule officer in the ministry on three occasions without any meaningful action taken.

“I see no reason why the police should not have written an official invitation to the schedule officer instructing her to present the victim, instead of doing that through phone calls.
“How can a matter of this magnitude be communicated through phone calls? he asked.
“And each time the victim was taken to the police as requested, she would be told that they were engaged in other assignments,’’ he added.
Igwe said the victim was receiving treatment at the ministry’s rehabilitation centre.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Jude Madu, told NAN that 

“The police woman is currently facing orderly room trial; the disciplinary action of the police.
“However, an elderly man from the victim’s family came to the CP with an affidavit from a court requesting that the case be withdrawn and be resolved in their family.
“I don’t know why people derive fun in ridiculing the image of the police, what else do they want the CP to do.?
“The incident happened seven days after the police woman gave birth to a set of twins through Caesarian operation,’’ Madu said.

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