A prostitute, Chioma Ochemba has broken her daughter’s head after she hit the little girl with a fat piece of wood over N100 slippers.
The 37-year-old, who works in Ayobo area of Lagos smashed a wood on the head of her 7-year-old daughter after accusing the girl of losing a N100 slippers, she had bought for her the previous day.
Ochemba’s daughter was taken away from her after she threatened to kill the girl on Monday, February 6.
According to The Punch, a neighbor, Busari Tajudeen, said he was forced to intervene when Ochemba angrily grabbed the girl by the neck and hit her with a piece of wood.
Tajudeen dragged the 7-year-old away from her and took the child to the Ayobo police division where a policewoman rushed her to the hospital for treatment.
The little girl was later treated and kept in police custody but the mother made no attempt to find her and she was nowhere to be found, as she was reported to have dressed up and left the house for work after the incident.
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The mother of three who was taken to Ayobo police division explained that it was anger that drove her to hit the little girl and that she didn’t mean to hurt the child.
Her neighbours, however, said this wasn’t her first time, that she usually beats up her children brutally.
Tajudeen said: “Everybody was careful not to intervene in her matters because she is very troublesome. She beats her children brutally all the time. She even beats the six-month-old child she is nursing in a way that shock neighbours. But when she hit the seven-year-old in the head and blood gushed out, I just could not take it anymore. If anything happened, people would ask why we did nothing.”
On Wednesday, February 8, officials from the, Jeshabel Touch-A-Heart Foundation, along with the police, took Ochemba and her children to the children’s department of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation of the Lagos state government.
Founder and coordinator of the Foundation, Favour Benson, disclosed that the state government would not charge Ochemba to court.
Benson said: “Right now, the welfare of the children is what the officials are still focusing on. This is where The Lagos State Government should be applauded. The children have been put in the home where they would also be enrolled in a proper school. Their mother has been instructed to put her life in order.”
Ochemba's children have been temporarily taken away from her care.