A 12 – year – old girl , Mmesoma Ani , has been admitted to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital , Idi – Araba, Surulere , after she was allegedly tortured by her aunt, Mrs . Ogechi Iruwane.
According to Punch Metro, the mother of three allegedly used her bare hands to pinch off the victim ’ s chest , and inflicted injuries on her back . Ani was also said to have been starved for two days for allegedly stealing a piece of meat .
Punch learnt that a trader on Nurudeen Street, Orile Iganmu, Lagos State , where the incident happened , raised the alarm on Tuesday .
The case was said to have been reported to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender .
Officials of the agency reportedly apprehended the suspect and subsequently handed her over to the police at the Orile Iganmu division . The victim was afterwards taken to LUTH.
The trader, who discovered the incident, said Ani returned an empty bottle of soft drink to her when she saw her injuries.
She said ,
“ I observed that she was not walking well . I drew closer to her and that was when I saw that her hands were also swollen . She said her aunt flogged her . She showed me her chest and I saw that the skin covering one of her maturing breasts had been pinched off . She removed her clothes and I was alarmed when I saw serious injuries on her back .”
The trader, whose name is protected for security reason, explained that she called the attention of passersby to the injuries.
“ I wanted to take her back to the aunt to ask why she battered the girl so badly without taking her to a hospital , but her neighbours told me it was not the first time she would beat her. I decided to report the matter to the OPD, ” she added .
A source at the OPD said the residents prevented the suspect from escaping when she went to find out why Ani had not returned home from the errand she sent her.