Nigeria: Minister Offers N2 Million Bounty for Arrest of Anambra Lawyer Accused of Maid Abuse

Nigeria: Minister Offers N2 Million Bounty for Arrest of Anambra Lawyer Accused of Maid Abuse

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, has taken a decisive step in addressing a disturbing case of child abuse in Anambra State. She has announced a N2 million bounty for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of Adachukwu Cukelu-Okafor, an Anambra-based lawyer accused of brutally abusing her 10-year-old house help.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, Minister Kennedy-Ohanenye emphasized her commitment to intervening in matters concerning the welfare of women and children across the country. The incident, which occurred in the Onitsha North Local Government area of Anambra State, has sparked outrage and demands for justice.

Reports indicate that Cukelu-Okafor subjected the young house help to severe physical abuse, using objects such as broken bottles, knives, and even an electric iron. Disturbing footage circulating online depicts the child covered in burns allegedly inflicted by her employer.

Expressing her dismay over the lack of progress in resolving the case, Minister Kennedy-Ohanenye stated, “I kept quiet because I thought by now, it should have been solved. For the fact that up to date it has not been solved, I have decided to wage in.”

She underscored the urgency of apprehending Cukelu-Okafor to ensure the safety of the victim, who remains in pain and under medical care. The Minister urged Nigerians to assist in locating the perpetrator, stressing the potential danger posed by individuals capable of such cruelty.

Furthermore, Minister Kennedy-Ohanenye announced plans to address the issue of employing minors as domestic workers, promising decisive action within the week. She called upon citizens to become whistleblowers and contribute to efforts aimed at safeguarding vulnerable members of society.

In her impassioned plea, the Minister urged Nigerians not to remain silent in the face of injustice and emphasized the importance of utilizing available channels to report wrongdoing. She assured the public of swift action by her ministry and encouraged citizens to take advantage of the current administration’s commitment to addressing societal challenges.

The bounty placed on Adachukwu Cukelu-Okafor reflects the seriousness with which the government views cases of abuse and underscores its determination to hold perpetrators accountable. Minister Kennedy-Ohanenye’s proactive stance signals a resolute effort to protect the rights and well-being of women and children across Nigeria.

Okiki Adeduyite, a seasoned journalist with extensive experience covering various beats, contributed to this report.

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