Ebonyi State Police Command has concluded arrangements to arraign a woman named Nkechi Barth (45 years) in court for allegedly battering a 12-year-old girl, Miss Faith Nwanja, by inflicting damage on her female reproductive organs.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Lovet Odah, disclosed this in Abakaliki, the state capital, while briefing newsmen on the arrest of the suspect in Onitsha, Anambra State by operatives of the command.
She said that investigation into the matter had been concluded while the suspect, who was currently in police custody, would soon be arraigned in court.
The PPRO said that the suspect committed the offence in February 2018, and added that the police had been on her trail until last Friday when she was finally arrested.
“The police had made frantic efforts to arrest the suspect since February this year; she escaped from the state to an unknown destination. Last Friday, we arrested her; she is now in our custody,” the state police spokesperson said.
Barth, who hails from Okoffia in Ezza South Local Government Area of the state allegedly committed the offence in February this year, and disappeared from the state to an unknown destination when police mounted a manhunt on her.
In an interview, the Director of Child Development, Ebonyi State Ministry of Women Affairs, Mr. Godwin Igwe, commended the Police for the arrest of the suspect after she evaded arrest for two months.
He said that the state government was doing everything possible to ensure that the child received adequate medical attention in addition to proper rehabilitation.
“Preliminary report reveals that the victim will undertake plastic surgery. No civilised society will allow a child to be battered that way. The suspect should face the law to serve as a deterrent to others.
“Governor David Umahi has been notified about the condition of the victim; he provided the enabling environment for proper treatment of the victim. The girl must be rehabilitated back to her normal life,” he added.
The director appealed to the police to ensure that the suspect was arraigned in court on time to face prosecution, insisting that the media should be carried along in the process to avoid cover up.
He said, “The public now knows that the suspect has been arrested, would be prosecuted and if convicted, would serve the necessary jail terms specified in the criminal code,” he reiterated.
“The victim had been undergoing medical treatment by a team of medical experts and surgeons; the degree of damage on her reproductive organs is much according to the reports of the medical team.”
It would be recalled that the victim (Miss Faith Nwanja) was given out to the suspect Mrs. Nkechi Barth, who resides in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, as a home help before she was battered by her mistress, resulting to serious damage on her reproductive organs.
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