A 75-year-old grandmother has been arrested by the Ebonyi State Police Command, for flogging and pouring pepper into the eyes and genitals of her 11-year-old house help.


Mrs Comfort Obi was arrested by police officers from Ekumenyi Police Station on Tuesday April 14, after a neighbour, Mr Osita Ezechukwu reported the abuse.


The victim whose body was covered with scars from previous abuses, has been living with the elderly woman since her father who has an eye impairment cannot take care of her and her four siblings. It was further gathered that the abuse victim’s mother is late.


Recounting her ordeal, the 11-year-old househelp said she was recently abused because she took the old woman’s juice and biscuit.


She said;


“My Madam usually invites outsiders to flog me whenever I offend her. She also pours grinded pepper into my private part and eyes. This one she did to me now was because I was hungry and I took her biscuit and juice to eat”


The 75-year-old woman however said she sought for permission from the girl’s aunt before pouring pepper into her eyes and genitals.


The suspect said;


“Although I regret my actions, I sought the permission of the girl’s auntie before I poured pepper into her private part and eyes.”


Ebonyi state’s police spokesperson, Loveth Odah, confirmed the arrest of the woman on Wednesday April 15.


Odah told journalists;


“The child had been treated and reunited with her family members. The suspect will be arraigned after the fight against COVID-19, is over”