A brutalized housemaid, has won a N500k settlement against boss who also agreed to send the 8-year-old victim of child labour to school up to JSS3 and help her mother start up a business.
The agreement between the brutalized housemaid’s boss, Blessing Chiwendu Anezu, the Lagos State Child Protection Network (CPN) and the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) was reached on Tuesday, at a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court.
Blessing Chiwendu Anezu who engaged the 8-year-old girl as a housemaid and allegedly maltreated her, transferred an initial payment of N300, 000 to the account of the mother of the victim who came from Anambra State.
Help came for the brutalized housemaid after concerned neighbours called the Christianah Fate Foundation and CPN Eti Osa, to come and rescue the victim at Opeyemi Estate, Adeba, off Ibeju-Lekki expressway.
“It was heart-breaking when we got to the estate. This woman, who was supposed to be her ‘aunty’, would starve her, beat her black and blue every day. She would use chain to beat her all over according to the victim. .
In one of the beating sessions, the supposed aunty punched her in the right eye which has turned black. She burnt the poor girl’s shoulder with a hot kettle and hurt her head so bad she had eight stitches. .
She can’t sit on her buttocks because they hurt badly. The whole estate came out because they were sick of her wickedness. She would cover the girl’s mouth with clothes while beating the daylight out of her. .
She always slept under the staircase, by the generator and different places in the estate. A neighbour who went to switch off his generator in the midnight saw the girl sleeping on a mat inside the generator room and that is what pushed him to report the case to the authorities,”the representative of Christianah Fate Foundation and CPN Eti Osa said.
It was also gathered that the suspect, who is nursing a 9-month-old baby, vowed never to hire an underage again in her life.