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Woman allegedly brutalizes grandkids, robs pepper on them for drinking garri

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A52-year-old woman, simply known as Mama Vera, living with her two grandchildren following the death of their mother three years ago, has been reported to the police for allegedly brutalizing her grandchildren by robbing hot pepper on them for collecting garri and sugar to drink without her consent.

The Guardian gathered that she maltreats the grandchildren, aged eight and seven, incessantly after stopping them from attending school and sometimes lock them inside the room for about four days without food.

The neighbours of Mama Vera in Mgbuoba community of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State, who reported the incident to the state police command, disclosed that they heard the perpetual cries of the children, went to the apartment and discovered the door was locked.

They said they forced the door opened and discovered the two young girls were tied with electric wire and hot pepper robbed all over their bodies, adding that the younger kid was already weak as at the time the door was broken.

According to the eyewitnesses, they untied the children, revitalized them and while interrogating the kids, they confessed that they collected garri and sugar to drink due to hunger without their grandmother’s consent.

A lawyer, Precious John-Mark, who also witnessed the incident, is calling on the state government and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) to ensure that the woman is duly prosecuted for violating the rights of the girls.

He said: “I saw the children myself. I went there, took pictures of the children. I untied them. She used heavy-duty wire to tie them after applying hot pepper on them and beating them for drinking garri. We have reported the matter to the police. There is need for the protection of the rights of the children, their rights have been violated and the woman should be brought to book.”

Another eyewitness said: “I live in this neighborhood, the children lost their mother three years ago. They are not going to school, they are just at home. Sometimes, they don’t eat for three days, their grandmother will lock them inside the room and go to work. She will stay out for three days before she returns.”

Attempts to contact the spokesman of the state police command were futile as his phones rang without response.


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