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Woman inserts hot iron into her 5-year-old nieces' private part

A woman Esther Abgundu has been accused of forcing a hot iron into the private part of her five-year old niece in Ekiti State.

Esther, who had earlier smeared the genital of her niece, Aondoaver Sewuesi, with pepper decided on the extreme punishment because the little girl ate out of her (Esther) daughter’s meal.
The incident reportedly occurred at Ijelu-Ekiti, Oye local government area of Ekiti State, on November 26. 
The victim is still receiving treatment at the Community Health Centre in the area.

 “The victim was babysitting the baby of the respondent (Mrs. Abgundu) and was said to have taken a spoonful of the food she was feeding her aunt’s daughter with,” an eyewitness told The Nation.

Both the victim and the suspect are from Gwer West local government area of Benue State with the victim’s mother living in their village.

Angered by the alleged brutality, the Justice and Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI) of Ekiti Catholic Diocese has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and demanded justice for the victim.

JPDI in a petition made available to The Nation on Thursday by its Director, Rev.Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade, said its officials visited the community and its traditional ruler, the Elejelu, Oba Adetoyinbo Ajayi who confirmed the incident.

The monarch also contacted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Ilupeju-Ekiti Divisional Headquarters who sent some policemen to arrest the suspect a day after the incident was reported at the palace.

The JDPI criticized the alleged release of Mrs. Abgundu from police custody, saying it could jeopardize investigation of the matter.

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