A 35-year-old employee of the National Examination Council is being quizzed by the Niger state Child Right Protection Agency for burning, with hot charcoal, the palms of her eight-year-old housemaid, accused of stealing meat from the pot.
The Director-General of the agency, Mrs. Mariam Kolo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Saturday, said the accused, Grace Edeh, has three children of her own and is breast-feeding one of them.
She said Edeh was arrested by the staff of the Minna branch of the National Human Rights Commission and later brought to the agency.
She said that a good samaritan had seen the girl’s burnt hands and scars on her thigh in the market and interrogated her. The maid led the woman to her boss’s house.
Kolo said that the matter was reported to the National Human Rights Commission, which transferred the case to Kolo’s agency.