An Owerri Magistrate Court on Wednesday, July 6 remanded a guardian, Uzoma Egemba at the Owerri Correctional Centre for allegedly burning the buttocks and body of his 12-year-old maid, Chimkamso Ekeocha.
It was learnt that the minor’s ‘sin’ was riding his children’s bicycle.
The police in the state had arraigned Egemba before His Worship P.C Nnoromole.
The magistrate adjourned the case till July 20 to hear the report of the Department of Public Prosecutions, DPP after asserting that she lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
The counsel to the accused, K. U Alisigwe, had argued that the magistrate had the constitutional power to entertain the matter.
But the magistrate insisted that she lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
When Alisigwe persisted in his argument, the magistrate reminded him that she was not recording him.
Counsel to the police, Ogechi who brought out a remand notice, agreed with the magistrate that she lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
The police arraigned the accused on one count charge which reads, “That you Egemba Uzoma, on June 26, 2022, at Area L World Bank Housing Estate in the Owerri magisterial district did unlawfully and without justification wound one Chikamso Ekeocha by giving her multiple deep wounds on her back using a very hot frying spoon placed at a burning cooking gas and intentionally placed on her back which caused multiple maim on her back, got her disfigured and does grievous harm on her and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 332(1) of the criminal code cap C38 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 as applicable in Imo State.”
Egemba was arrested last Thursday, after a video recorded by the victim’s school teacher went viral.
The video showed the degree of injury allegedly inflicted on the minor by the accused.
Concerned Nigerians including representatives of National Human Rights Commission and Vulnerability and Rights Project Initiative, helped in effecting the arrest of the accused.
They also took the minor to Imo Specialist Hospital Umuguma and championed the advocacy for her welfare.
Our correspondent gathered that the minor had been treated and discharged from the hospital.