By Margaret John and David Nsa
17 year old Emediong Emem Okon was assaulted with a glass bottle by her step-mother for allegedly insulting her.
The incident is said to have occurred at about 8pm at Ikot-Effanga Mkpa, Calabar Municipality on Monday, 18th February after a slight disagreement over the toilet roster.
According to the victim, “It all started with the toilet roster the landlord did for the compound and my step mom and her daughter found out about the roster and she believed that I have something to do with the roster just like that. The next thing she said was that I called her nonsense. I was trying to explain things to her but she was busy hitting me, then the next thing she did was to use a bottle on me”.
Miss Emediong who was immediately taken to a private clinic, Emmanuel Infirmary, by her father, was discharged on Thursday and was taken back home.
A concerned neighbor, Mr. Brown Ekpe who attends the same church (The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Joseph Mkpang) with the victim had raised concerns after he stated that he had not seen the victim in a while; and later observed bruises on the victim when she paid his family a surprise visit.
“Actually we worship in the same church. I’m a lecturer in the University of Calabar. We had not seen the girl for a long time; we worship in the same church. My wife dreamt about telling her that she has an urgent thing to tell her, so this morning on her own she came to the house since it’s been a while we saw her.
“The girl came with plaster all over her body; in fact the father is unable to get her drugs because the father is a vulcanizer so I’m looking for a way to give her money to get drugs. My wife is a Women Leader in the Church and she is under my wife’s female group, that’s how I got to know her”. He said.
Emediong, an intending Jambite with a passion to study Forestry and Wildlife Resource Management in the University but has not been able to actualize her dreams due to lack of adequate finance.
As at the time of filing this report, the victim has been discharged from the hospital and has reunited with her family.
Below are some of the pictures of the injuries.
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