A medical doctor with Irrua Teaching Specialist Hospital in Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State, Dr Ogbonnanya Chiamaka, has been arrested for alleged child abuse.
The pediatrician was accused of frequently brutalizing her 13-year-old maid, sending her out of the house, and giving her raw rice as food for one week.
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of the Edo State Police Command, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Saturday, June 25.
“Edo state police command is currently interrogating a Medical Doctor, one Dr Ogbonnanya Chiamaka of Irrua Teaching Specialist Hospital , lrrua in Esan Central local government area of Edo state for child abuse,” the statement read.
“The victim, one Miss Comfort Nmeson “F” who is 13 years old came to school, Emando Secondary school in Ekpoma on 22/6/2022 with her belongings, looking frail.
“Upon interrogation by the teachers of the school, the child said she does not want to live with her guardian anymore and requested to be returned to her biological mother as her guardian has been physically abusing her using a stick to reprimand her all the time.
“Consequently, the teacher reported the abuse to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.
“The said guardian, one Dr. Ogbonnaya Chiamaka “F” who is 41years old was arrested by the police. She would be arraigned in court after the completion of the investigation.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of police CP Abutu Yaro FDC has reinstated his commitment in serving the good people of Edo state as he urged the citizenry not to relent in availing the command with prompt and useful information that will help curb the menace of criminal elements in Edo state.”