A woman identified as Rahila Yakubu has been accused of maltreating her teenage step-daughter, Hafzat Zulkiflu in Sokoto state.
Hafsat, who hails from Kebbi State, has, since the separation of her parents, been in the custody of her stepmother.
It was learnt that Hafsat was severely punished and maltreated by her stepmother alongside her sister, Hannatu Yakubu, for being stubborn.
According to eyewitnesses, Hafsat, whose father is a retired customs officer, has also been out of school (both Islamic and western) for a while now for being stubborn.
The news came into the public domain after she ran to her neighbour’s place early today while she was being punished.
The neighbours then reported the case to the Human Rights Commission.
Hafsat is currently at the State CID as investigations are still ongoing.