Police arrested the wife of a former customs controller, Rahila Yakubu, for allegedly beating her stepdaughter, Hafsat Argungu, with a pestle.
Teenage Hafsat suffered broken hand bones and bruises on her head, legs and other parts of her body.
Ms. Yakubu is married to Abdullahi Argungu, a former customs controller, who is Hafsat’s father.
The teenager has been in the care of her stepmother for 16 years since her mother divorced a year after she was born.
She was accused by her mother-in-law of theft and filth.
Police arrested Yakubu after news of the ‘beatings’ went viral on social media, with photos of the girl being released
“She almost killed me”
Speaking to reporters Tuesday night at a hospital in Sokoto, Ms Hafsat said her mother-in-law nearly killed her, saying she suffered “at the hands of her mother-in-law and her brother”.
“They beat me for every little mistake and sometimes even for no mistake. They barbed (cut) my hair although I protested, ”she said.
“She asked me to do the dishes in the morning and when I didn’t she started beating me. After that she also asked me to go wash some clothes but I decided to run away because of the pain level in my body. She used a pestle and shoes to beat me, which resulted in all of these injuries.
“There was a day when she beat me and when I didn’t cry she decided to do my hair. She poured cold water on me, ”she said.
State Commissioner for Women’s and Children’s Development Kulu Sifawa said the state government formally took charge of the case to ensure the suspect, if convicted , be punished.
” That’s a shame. I got the case and during the examination I discovered that the girl was seriously injured. It’s not good to beat someone at such a level, regardless of the offense.
Ms Sifawa said the case has been turned over to police, expressing hope the case will be dealt with judiciously.
The commissioner also said the state’s Justice Department had been tasked with investigating the case and prosecuting the culprit.
It’s cruel – Commission on Human Rights
Sokoto State National Human Rights Commission Coordinator Hali Tambari called Ms. Yakubu’s alleged act cruel.
He added that the commission will ensure that justice is done to deter others.
“When you look at the pictures once, you can’t see them again because it’s horrible. We will not sit back and watch things like this happen in the State. Our commission is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that human rights are protected while those who commit the offenses are prosecuted. We will ensure that justice is done, ”Tambari said.
The governor’s wife takes care of the case
Premium Times concluded that Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s wife is committed to following the case to its logical conclusion.
Mariya Tambuwal said her project, MTDI, was working with the Human Rights Commission to follow up on the prosecution of the suspect if found guilty.
Sokoto police spokesperson Sanusi Abubakar did not respond to calls and texts, but a state police officer said the suspect was being held in the CI D wing of the command and is believed to be brought to justice later Wednesday.
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