Report By: Dede Uzor A. Uzor
The Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region has commended South-East boss of the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) for bringing justice to maltreated house-help, little Miss Chinenye Emeka (13) after she was bruised with electric hot iron on her buttocks.
It would be recalled that Mrs Ifechukwu Akabekwa a resident of 7 Abazuonu Street in Iyi-Owa Odekpe inflicted the bodily injuries on Miss Emeka after the girl used N1,000 given to her by a philanthropist to pay her school fees without the permission of Akabekwa about two months ago.
The matter, which the Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region took up against Akabekwa, was still in Atani Chief Magistrate Court after she spent three days in Onitsha Prisons for maltreating Miss Emeka.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday.
The statement was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman of CD South-East Region.
``CD lauds the efforts of Mrs Nkiru Micheal, Co-ordinator of NAPTIP, South-East for coming to the aid of the helpless house-help, Miss Chinenye Emeka, who was given an inhuman treatment any mother who not attempt do to her child.
``We would also commend her doggedness in seeing the perpetrator (Mrs Akabekwa) is brought to book as well as rescuing of three under-aged pregnant girls in Owerri-Onitsha Road in August.
``And recently, NAPTIP arrested a woman who had been maltreating her house-maid at 3-3 Onitsha and another in Oguta in Imo State.
``Also, sensitization and education against child labour in Ebonyi State, where they were serving terms of hard-labour of breaking concrete stones among other,’’ it said.
The statement, however, urged the Federal Government through the NAPTIP national headquarters to provide her with more logistics in terms of vehicles and personnel.
``While she should be promoted for being honest, forthright and diligent in the discharge of her duties within the zone,’’ it said.