Police arrest woman, husband for inflicting grievous wounds on 10-year-old in Enugu

By AdvocateNews on 04/07/2020

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Mrs Ifeoma Ozougwu
Mrs Ifeoma Ozougwu

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a 24-year-old mother of three, Mrs Ifeoma Ozougwu and her husband, Mr Jude Ozougwu (40) for inflicting severe body harm on a 10-year-old female relative, Nneoma Nnadi kept under their care. 
Preliminary investigation by the Police indicates that Mrs. Ozougwu, a resident of Akomaeze Street, Thinker’s Corner, Enugu, was in the habit of brutalizing the girl with pressing iron, iron rods, nails and had also inserted pepper into her private part on several occasions.
In a statement on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Mr. Daniel Ndukwe, said the arrest was due to an alarm raised by other residents of the area who could not stomach the incessant abuse of the girl.
Ndukwe further revealed that upon the arrest of the suspects, and rescue of the victim, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmad Abdulrahman instructed the Area Commander to rush the girl to hospital for urgent treatment.

He said: "Following a credible information received at Enugu Area Command on 02/07/2020 at about 0900 hours alleging that a woman in Akonameze Street, Thinker’s Corner, Enugu, inflicted degrees of injuries on her minor female ward, Operatives of the Command swiftly moved to the area where they rescued the victim, Nneoma Nnadi aged 10, arrested the suspect, one Ifeoma Ozougwu aged 24; and thereafter arrested her husband, one Jude Ozougwu aged 40.

"On receipt of the visibly exhausted and traumatized victim, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdur-Rahman MCPSS, MCJ, MNIM, instructed the Area Commander to rush her to hospital for treatment. He bemoaned why the suspect will be so heartless to abuse and inflict such grievous injuries on another woman’s child left in her care and directed the immediate launch of a thorough investigation and prosecution of the suspect, her husband and any other culpable accomplices to the crime."

According to Ndukwe, the  Commissioner further warned all residents who may be in the act of maltreating their wards and intending offenders  to desist from such as the command would not spare anyone found culpable in inhuman acts that infringe on the dignity and fundamental human rights of children.
He also advised parents and guardians to take responsibility and  adequately care for their children while training them with the fear of God.

The CP, however, enjoined residents of the State to remain law-abiding and promptly assist the Police with credible information that will help in fighting crimes against vulnerable children by calling the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172.

Posted 04/07/2020 09:48:47 AM


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