Auntie made me drink ‘toilet water’, burnt my private parts with lighter — Kaduna girl, 14, allegedly tortured by deaconess
Princess Michael is a 14 – year- old girl who was allegedly tortured and left with bruises on her face and private parts by her guardian, one Mrs Yemi Awolola , at Shagari Estate , Barnawa , in the Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna . She tells ALEXANDER OKERE about her ordeal in the hands of Awolola , said to be a deaconess in a popular Pentecostal church
Do you know one Mrs Yemi Awolola ?
Yes. I knew her at Shagari Estate, Barnawa , Kaduna.
Did your parents tell you why they took you to her house to live with her ?
My father and auntie knew that I was staying with her . They told me I would go to school from her house.
What class were you in at school before you moved to her house?
I was in Primary Six and I want to become a lawyer .
Did you attend school while you were at her house?
I attended school for only one week.
Why did you stop ?
One day , she gave me some doughnut to take to school but I was hungry , so I started eating it on the way. She met me eating the doughnut . That ’ s how she stopped me from going to school.
Is it true that she maltreated you ?
Yes . One day, she just came back from work and asked me who ate the rice at home.
I told her that I was the one and she started beating me.
What did she use to beat you ?
She beat me with a piece of iron.
What are the other things she did that you didn’ t like?
She also beat me and put pepper on my body . She kept me in the toilet to sleep and gave me water from the toilet to drink. I was there for over one week .
Did she feed you well like her children ?
She didn ’ t give me adequate food. She fed me once or twice in a day . Sometimes , she added bitter leaves to the rice she gave me to eat.
There are some photos of you on the Internet showing you with scars on your face . Where did they come from ?
They ( scars ) came from the beating I got from her . Some of them came from the knife she put in fire and place on my face and legs .
Sometimes, she called me a witch.
Is it true you also have some injuries around your private part ?
Yes. She put a lit lighter there . She accused me of eating her garri . But I didn ’ t eat her garri .
Was the husband of Mrs Awolola aware of all these?
He went to the room when the woman wanted to burn my body .
How did you feel about all that the woman did to you ?
I feel bad and hurt. I want justice . I want her to be burnt the same way she burnt me so that she can know how it feels.