The Anambra State government has begun the prosecution of a lawyer, Mrs. Adachukwu Cukelu-Okafor, who was accused of physically abusing her 11-year-old housemaid, Happiness.
A team from the state Ministry for Women and Social Welfare received a report on the incident on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
Happiness alleged that her madam used a broken bottle, iron, knife and pistol on her in just two weeks of her stay.
It was further gathered that the suspect allegedly used fire to heat up a knife and inserted it into the little girl's vagina.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the suspect allegedly burnt the little girl's clothes and dropped her off stark n3ked with her relative known as Ifeoma Muoghalu.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Governor Soludo said the abuse of minors and vulnerable persons will not be tolerated in the state.
“Mrs. Adachukwu Cukelu-Okafor who visibly violated the young girl left in her custody is one out of many who do not deserve a place amongst decent humanity. We have commenced actions to ensure she is brought to Justice,” the Governor stated.
"This should serve as a firm warning to all Abusers of any kind, that Anambra State is not a place where their excesses will be condoned.
"Child's Rights Act (2003) and Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act (2017) have long been domesticated in Anambra together with other laws, and my administration is big on entrenching Law and Order as a foundation for building the liveable and prosperous homeland that we all seek.
“It is the highest sign of weakness to abuse or violate the vulnerable. This, and others like it, can not be tolerated in the Anambra State we are building."