A resident of No. 1 Obiora street and a midwife working with Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA), Mrs Florence Nwuguru, has been accused of maltreating her 12years house help Miss Miracle Nweke Jonathan to untold hunger and torture.
According to our findings, the victim is an indigene of Abaomega in Onicha L.G.A who was living with her parents at Port Harcourt before she was introduced to her madam by their pastor family friend.
In an interview with a resident of the area who does not want to appear in print described the condition of the girl as pathetic stating that she receives beatings on daily basis and always denied food in such a way that she survives with edible things secretly given to her by their co-residents.
He also alleged that the woman was fond of locking up the girl at their upstairs apartment without providing her with food an act which he said had automatically forced her into begging for food every day, mostly from those at the ground floor whom in most cases render assistance by throwing food item up for her to catch or lie in a rope for the girl to draw.
“Some residents do assist her with food but before it will get to her, it is either the throw it up or tie it in a rope for her to draw if not this measure, the girl would have died of hunger,” he said.
He also claimed that in the recent period a disgusting punitive measure was meted out on the girl by her madam where dirty wear was forced into the girl’s mouth over the allegation of stealing pieces of meat from their pot of soup.
Our source further claimed that recently, the girl experienced a severe degrading treatment from the woman adding that the girl had always been accused of being responsible for indiscriminate cries of her mistress children and as a result faces disciplinary actions often.
He also added that miss Miracle did undergo serious beating with wire over any slightest mistake of hers coupled with the fact that she had in several occasions received serious hits on her lips from heels of footwears, action through which she had been injured many times.
Mrs Nwuguru in her reaction told us that her actions were not mainly to hurt the child unjustifiably rather it was aimed at correcting her over some bad behaviour that she (victim) was exhibiting which includes stealing both in their house and outside and picking of money on the road.
She further alleged that the girl’s negative acts were too humiliating and pronounced that someone could not ignore and in order to call her to order, she then decided to flog her.
She also debunked the allegation of denying her maid food stating that the girl eats regularly.