An 8-year-old Glory Ugbon has recounted how a 40-year-old trader, Mrs. Deborah Gabriel, who she worked for put pepper in her eyes and private part when she saw her eating a plate of rice one day as she was hungry. Glory, who became Deborah’s housemaid in Surulere, Lagos since November 2015, said her elder sister brought her to the woman at the time during her visit to Akwa Ibom State and said she would follow her to Lagos to be her housemaid.
Five months after Glory started living with the trader as her housemaid, Glory has been allegedly brutalised many times and there are so many marks all over her body. But on Sunday, April 10, Deborah’s co-tenants decided to take action to prevent the woman from killing the girl when she had really tortured her. The neighbours alerted child rights activists, who promptly notified the police when the little girl would not stop screaming. It was then Glory, who was later brought to the Aguda Police Division, Surulere, Lagos along with Deborah, said on that particular day, she was simply eating at the backyard of their house, when her madam accused her of stealing food.
Recounting what she does for the trader,Glory said “Madam said she would put me in school and my sister told me that she would treat me well. The woman is not related to us. I work at home all the time but sometimes when she is not happy with me, she beats me till I cannot walk. Since November that she brought me to Lagos, she has not talked about any school for me. On this particular day, when she was tired of beating me, she forced my legs apart and rubbed some pepper that she had just ground in my eyes and my bum bum (private part)”. The trader was charged with child abuse and assault against a minor at the Surulere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on Tuesday and has been remanded at the Kirikiri Prison, pending the perfection of her bail.