*Remanded in prison pending DPP advice
Ehi Osaretin (not her real name), a six year old girl, has been a victim of a caretaker parent, Eunice Amadi 41 years old, who had bitten her in 42 different parts of her body with teeth marks all over her.
A neighbour who knows of the case of child molestation who could not bear the matter again took the case to a private social work agency, Edo State Child Protection Network (CPN) on the 18th of May 2017.
CPN went to the child’s school and found out that the allegations are true. Eunice used her teeth to bite the Ehi in 42 places all over her body.
Neighbours say Eunice is in the habit of always inserting grinded pepper into the Ehi’s private part. Ehi confirmed the allegation. Each time pepper is inserted in her private part, she will cry and cry, screaming from the pains of the hurt. This has been going on for almost a year now.
That same day Eunice was arrested by the Police when the Child Protection Network (CPN) reported the case. Eunice was charged to a Magistrate Court the next day 19th May 2017.
The Magistrate court ordered Eunice to be remanded to Benin prison and the case was subsequently transferred to Oredo High Court 3.
The case is to be mentioned on the 30th of May pending when her file is expected to have been returned from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
According to the CPN Coordinator, “we will follow up the case to ensure that there is justice for the child. The child is going through different levels of medical checks. We also will get her therapeutic support services to help her reconstruct her psychology.
We must end violence against children now in our society. Our advice is to parents, they should stop giving their children to strangers or family members. They should learn to have kids they can take care of.”
Contacted for his reaction, Mr Fela Bright the Executive Secretary of the National Association of Social Workers (NASOW) said, “we shall take very keen interest in this matter. We are happy that social workers are learning to play their roles in and to society. We all owe a duty to protect every child. Neighbours who know any child being maltreated have a duty to reach us and we shall do all that is within our powers to protect the child in question.”