Men of the Anambra State Police Command arrested a 24-year-old pregnant woman, Mrs Abigail Eguta, for allegedly brutalizing her 7-year-old nephew for failing to recite the English alphabet and for eating fish.
The woman was apprehended after concerned neighbours took the victim, identified as Sunday, to the office of the state women and social welfare commissioner, Ify Obinabo, on Tuesday, 16 May 2023.
Sunday is said to be the son of Mrs Eguta’s biological sister, who she brought to live with her barely a year ago.
The boy, whose body is dotted with scars of previous injuries allegedly inflicted on him by his guardian, had been out of school for a long time.
Mrs Eguta claimed she beat the boy for eating the fish she bought for Sunday meal. She also confessed to beating him on Monday for not reciting the English alphabet correctly, adding that it was the main reason she wounded him.
“I am very sorry. I didn’t intend to blind him or beat him in the eyes, but I mistakenly did so. Please, forgive me; it is the handiwork of the devil,” she said.