Lagos - Ten year old orphan Mary Ezumezu was tortured for allegedly cheating during a French class work/test, reports Punch
According to Ezumezu’s guardian, Mrs. Elizabeth Sanda, the 10-year-old was allowed to be disciplined by the proprietress, proprietress of Daniella Montessori School,Abule Egba, Chichi Ishoka, because they felt she would help to mold the girl’s character.
Sanda further said she thought as a mother that Ezumezu was in safe hands with a fellow woman like her and also one she regarded as a family friend.
Ezumezu said she was starved for three consecutive days and subjected to severe punishment.
“When I couldn’t bear the hunger again, I stole a sausage roll. When they asked me who took it, I couldn’t say I was the one because I was scared of what she (proprietress) would do to me. That was when she took me to the backyard and pulled off my clothe and punished me,” she said.
She said the person who allegedly punished her was a personal assistant to Ishoka, one Miss Anu.
“She (Anu) took a paint bucket and filled it with water, then turned me upside down and put my head inside the bucket of water. She did that three or four times until I said I was the one who stole the snack. One teacher saw her from the first floor of the school and cautioned her. She asked her to stop torturing me. Then, she ordered me to sit down. I didn’t eat from Wednesday to Friday until I was brought back home,” she added.
Ishoka has denied starving the pupil for days or ordering her torture.
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