A policewoman simply identified as Ruth has been arrested by the Abuja Police Command over a suspected child abuse offence against her 10-year-old niece.
The law enforcement agent-turned-suspect was accused of dipping little Miracle's hands inside boiled water as punishment for stealing a piece of meat from her pot of soup on Christmas Eve.
The Federal Capital Territory police command spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident, according to The PUNCH.
Subsequently, a resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed that neighbours were alarmed by the little girl's cry.
Miracle was immediately rushed to the Kubwa General Hospital just as the residents alerted the police.
The source said, “On Christmas Eve, she caught the young girl stealing a piece of meat from her pot of soup which she prepared for Christmas.
“She was angry with her and tied the two hands of her niece with rope and put them inside hot water.
“Her neighbours heard her crying aloud and later she ran out. They were surprised at what they saw. The girl sustained serious injuries on the two hands, and one of the neighbours, who could not bear it, called the police.
“It was the police that rushed her to the General Hospital in Kubwa. The policewoman is still at the Dutse Alhaji division.”
Meanwhile, the state police spokesperson added that the force has commenced investigation on the incident.