A 14-year-old girl has allegedly jumped down from a four-storey building to avoid being flogged by her guardian.
It was gathered that the incident happened in Awada, a highly populated neighbourhood in Onitsha, Anambra State.
A source said the girl, Ijeoma Nwafor, is a housemaid to a woman, whose name was given as Nnenna Onwanna, who was used to beating her at every slight opportunity.
She, however, survived the jump and is currently said to be receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Onitsha.
“They live on the fourth floor of a house in Awada, and she was beating her on Saturday when she ran out of the house, and in a bid to escape, she jumped down from the four-storey and landed on the fence, fitted with security wires.
“She, however, survived as she was pulled out by some residents of the area and was promptly rushed to the hospital for medical attention.”
Meanwhile, police authorities in the state have confirmed the incident, saying that the woman has been arrested.
Contrary to confirmation from sources in the area, the state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga who confirmed the incident said the girl was pushed down by her guardian and tagged it a case of attempted murder.
Ikenga said: “The Anambra State Police Operatives at about 4pm on 2/7/2022 have arrested one Mrs Onwanna Nnenna (F) aged 29yrs old from Nando, Anambra East in a case of attempted murder that happened at Otu street, Awada, Onitsha.
“Preliminary information shows that the victim, one miss Ijeoma Nwafor (F), 14year old, a native of Achalla was pushed down from a four-storey building by the suspect when she was beating her. Other details reveal that the victim is a house help to the suspect.”
Ikenga said Mrs Nnenna is currently in Police custody and the victim is receiving treatment in a hospital, and that further development on the matter will be communicated.