A woman identified as Elizabeth Aderibigbe has been arrested by the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps over an alleged assault of her niece.
The PUNCH reported that the 14-year-old fled from Aderibigbe's house on December 16 to escape being punished after she ate leftover food.
Confirming the report, NSCDC’s Public Relations Officer, Daniel Adigun, on Tuesday said the victim was later found four days after and scars were discovered on her body, suggesting she has been assaulted.
Upon investigation, Aderibigbe claimed that the scars have been on the victim's body before she took custody of her.
According to Adigun, the senior secondary school II student had been living with Aderibigbe, her father's sister, since 2018 after her parents separated.
However, the victim refused to corroborate Aderibigbe's report on the scars, noting that her aunt always beats her with wires and canes whenever she misbehaved or refused to do her house chores.
The statement read in part, “The 14-year-old was reported to have run away from home on Thursday, December 16, 2021, after eating the leftover food she found in the kitchen. She was later found on a prayer mountain and brought to the office of the NSCDC on Saturday, December 18, 2021.
“Aderibigbe, however, said the victim was fond of stealing, adamant to corrections and that was why she beat her anytime she engaged in deviant acts. About the scars on the body of the girl, she said she also noticed marks on her body when she was brought from her father.
“But the victim, when asked about the marks on her body, said she was always beaten with wires and canes whenever she misbehaved or refused to do her house chores.
“The victim was handed over to Mr Oladipupo Olajide, the elder brother of her father, when she declined to be in the custody of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.”