The Case of Chiamaka Oha: Great Kpakpando Proposes Stiffer Punishment

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“Child abuse damages a person for life and that damage is in no way diminished by the ignorance of the perpetrator. It is only with the uncovering of the complete truth as it affects all those involved that a genuinely viable solution can be found to the dangers of child abuse”

The above quotes contained in a release by the Chairperson of Great Kpakpando and Elizabeth Foundation (G-KEF), Chief Barr. (Mrs.) Joy Jideofor (aka : Kpakpando) who is a Human Rights Lawyer while reacting to the latest inhuman treatment unleashed on the 8 years old Chiamaka Oha by her employer Ogochukwu Anichukwu for licking her baby’s milk. It is very unfortunate and disheartening looking at the several reports of child abuse and sheer wickedness going on in the society of ours these days.

One cannot forget in a hurry about the little girl whose finger was cut off by her madam. The report said that the little girl of about 8yrs old is living with the woman since after the death of her mother who is a sister to the said wicked woman. After cutting the little girl’s finger with a kitchen knife, she threatened her not to tell anyone what happened.

Not too long we read about Ten-year-old Nneoma Nnadi who might forever live with the ugly scar inflicted on her by a woman, who supposedly, she was given out to serve as a maid. Her madam, a young woman and mother of two, Mrs. Ifeoma Ozougwu, allegedly rammed a six-inch nail into her skull. What a wicked world and what is the world turning into like this ? How long are we going to continue to hear stories like this ? Today is about the little Chiamaka Oha.

According to Chief Joy, reading thru the lines of the news and watching the picture of the victim as she lay on the hospital bed helpless makes my heart bleed in pain and reminds me of how heartless some people can be . My greatest worry is that most of the recent child abuses and inhuman treatments we hear these days are perpetrated by women. These are mothers who knows the pains of child birth and therefore supposed to be compassionate in
nature.

Chief Barr. (Mrs.) Joy Jideofor

Speaking further, Chief Joy Jideofor who is a Nurse and a Lawyer based in London pointed out that whether children witness or experience abuse, it can take a toll on their mental and physical development.

Domestic violence victims appear depressed, anxious, socially withdrawn, fearful, faces academic problems, suffer from sleeping and eat disorders and generally failure to thrive due to poor nutrition.

Chiamaka Oha

Speaking further on the victim, The Chairperson of G-KEF, a foundation known for helping deprived children, victims of drug abuse , widows and Orphans , Chief Barr. Joy said that even though she is not in Nigeria at the moment but effort is in progress to contact the family of the victim while promising that the foundation will do everything within their reach to help the victim.

Finger Cut off by her madam

According to her, she have mandated the Program Manager of the Foundation to furnish her with the details of the victim and her family for further steps on how the Foundation can help the child .

Chief Mrs Joy who is also from Awgu where the victim comes from promised that the foundation will step up effort to stop this kind of thing from happening and advise parents to be careful on the person they entrust their child into their hands and should continuously check the wellbeing of the child from time to time either through a trusted proxy or directly.

Great Kpakpando and Elizabeth Foundation is a brain child of Chief Barr. (Mrs.) Joy Jideofor which she founded in memory and honour of her mother whom she said took the pain of raising her up in a society where the male child are treated better at the expense of the girl child. 1

Nneoma Nnadi

Barr. Joy is also strongly proposing for the the government’s strict measures to stop abuse on these helpless maids. She called on the government to review process of obtaining maid/house help in Nigeria and to black list offenders and ban them for life from living with a child that is not their children and prosecute offenders accordingly. She advised that the ministry of women and gender affairs to carry on enlightenment campaign to educate the victims and the general public on how to report child abuse.

Recalling her humble beginning, Chief Joy warn those maltreating these poor children to remember that no one knows tomorrow and tomorrow is pregnant and to know that a child you think cannot be anything better in life can be your saviour tomorrow.

The G-KEF has been on ground for years in the localities within the state and environs educating, rehabilitating and helping the poor masses who have been abandoned by the society.

Signed
CHIEF MRS JOY JIDEOFOR ESQ
LEGAL PRACTITIONER & HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER

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