Police attached to Azikoro Division in Bayelsa State yesterday arrested a woman, Miss Beauty Chime (39), for allegedly stabbing a 13-yearold girl, Miss Hope Chimezie. Chimezie’s offence was that she refused to care for her 84-year-old grandmother.
The teenager, who lost her mother in August, was accused of playing with her peers while neglecting her grandmother. The incident, which occurred on Sunday, threw Goodnews Street off Azikoro Road into confusion as neighbours desperately tried to stop the bleeding from the injury. While some people rushed the victim to the hospital, others quickly contacted the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) who promptly alerted the police. Witnesses said the incident occurred at 7:30a.m. when the residents were preparing for church service.
“The woman attacked the young girl with a sharp iron rod for refusing to take care of the grandmother,” a witness said. Many of the residents accused the woman of repeatedly assaulting the teenage girl. Chimezie told the police that trouble started on Sunday morning when she was cooking for the grandmother. She said: “My aunty came into the house and started hitting me and accusing me of neglecting my grandma. She hit me with iron rod and I started bleeding.”