By Ikeugonna Eleke
A 14 year old girl has allegedly jumped down from a four storey building to avoid being flogged by her guardian.
Fides gathered that the incident happened in Awada, Saturday, July 2. Awada is a highly populated neighbourhood in Onitsha, Anambra State.
A source said the girl, Ijeoma Nwafor, is a house maid to a woman, whose name was given as Nnenna Onwanna, who was used to beating her at every slight opportunity.
She however survived the jump and was taken an undisclosed hospital in Onitsha for treatment.
‘They live on the fourth floor of a house in Awada and she was being beaten on Saturday when she ran out of the house and in a bid to escape, she jumped down from the four storey building and landed on the fence fitted with security wires.
‘She however survived as she was pulled out by some residents of the area and was promptly rushed to the hospital for medical attention,’ a source said.
Meanwhile, police authorities in the state have confirmed the incident, saying that the woman has been arrested.
Contrary to confirmation from sources in the area, the state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the incident, said the girl was pushed down by her guardian and tagged it a case of attempted murder.
Ikenga said: ‘The Anambra State police operatives at about 4pm on 2/7/2022, arrested one Mrs Nnenna Onwanna, aged 29 years old from Nando, Anambra East, in a case of attempted murder that happened at Otu Street, Awada, Onitsha.
‘Preliminary information shows that the victim, one Miss Ijeoma Nwafor, 14 years old, a native of Achalla, was pushed down from a four storey building by the suspect when she was beating her. Other details reveal that the victim is a house help to the suspect.’
Ikenga said Mrs Onwanna was currently in police custody, while the victim was receiving treatment in a hospital. He said that further developments on the matter would be communicated.