Cruelty reared its head in Abia state when a man, identified as Chibuike Onwuchekwa, reportedly inflicted injuries on his housemaid for failing to fill two water containers at Umuga Ovom in Obingwa local government area of the state.
According to Vanguard, eyewitnesses revealed that Onwuchekwa and his wife had, last Sunday, May 28, sent the young girl to fill two water containers in their house from a nearby borehole, while they left for church service.
However, when the couple returned from church, they discovered that the girl, aged about 10, was unable to fill the two containers before the borehole owner closed shop.
Mr Nkem also disclosed that the girl had suffered several of such beatings from Onwuchekwa. In one instance, when she was accused of theft in her school, he beat her even though she was absolved of the accusation by her teachers.
When the police public relations officer, Abia state command, DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna was contacted, he said he was not aware of the incident.
However, a senior police officer at the Eastern Ngwa Division confirmed the incident, adding that the girl is receiving medical attention.